World’s Fastest 50m Backstroke Women’s Long Course

  1. Xiang Liu 26.98
  2. Jing Zhao 27.06
  3. Kaylee McKeown 27.08
  4. Kira Toussaint 27.10 / Regan Smith 27.10
  5. Yuanhui Fu 27.11
  6. Katharine Berkoff 27.12
  7. Etiene Medeiros 27.14 

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The chart below compares the World’s fastest 50m Backstroke swimmers. Swimmers and coaches can looks at the individual Splits, and Stroke Counts.. All swim data has been collected from our team reviewing race footage where possible. Here is Kira Toussaint’s Short Course 50m Backstroke World Record swim to view which was performed at the ISL 2020. Xiang Liu’s World Record footage is not current available.

Here is the list for comparison for the Women’s 100m Backstroke Long Course.

Women's 50m Backstroke - Long Course
Xiang LiuJing ZhaoKaylee McKeownKira ToussaintRegan SmithYuanhui FuKatharine BerkoffEtiene Medeiros
Height:5 ft 11 in 180cm5 ft 9 in 176cm5 ft 9 in 175cm5 ft 7 in 174cm5ft 7in 170cm5 ft 10 in 177cm5 ft 6 in 168cm
Weight:145 Ib 66kg130 Ib 59kg132Ib 60kg159 Ib 72kg121lb 55kg148 Ib 67kg176 Ib 80kg
DOB:1996-09-01 1990-12-312001-07-12 1994-05-222002-02-091996-01-07 2001-01-281991-05-24
Meet:18th Asian Games 201813th FINA World Championships 2009World Aquatics Championships - Fukuoka 20232021 Eindhoven Qualification MeetWorld Aquatics Championships - Fukuoka 202316th FINA World Championships 20152022 USA World Trials17th FINA World Championships 2017
Total Time:26.9827.0627.0827.1027.1027.1127.1227.14

These swimmers are currently the only women under the 27.20 mark, Xiang Liu, Jing Zhao, Kira Toussaint, Yuanhui Fu, Katharine Berkoff, Etiene Medeiros, and Kaylee McKeown who will be the next to meet the 27.20 benchmark?

Analyzing the world’s fastest 50m backstroke long course times for women, we notice an intensely competitive field marked by fractions of a second. Xiang Liu currently holds the record at 26.98 seconds, with Jing Zhao and Kira Toussaint narrowly trailing at 27.06 and 27.10 seconds respectively.

A remarkable aspect of these record times is the minuscule difference between the athletes. For instance, the time gap between Xiang Liu at the top and Kaylee McKeown, ranked seventh, is just 0.18 seconds. This minute difference showcases not only the high level of competition but also the extraordinary athleticism and precision required to succeed at this elite level.

Looking deeper, we observe a diverse mix of athletes hailing from different parts of the world. This includes the strong presence of Asian swimmers like Xiang Liu, Jing Zhao, and Yuanhui Fu. Their performances are indicative of the rise in competitive swimming prowess in this region.

Notably, Kira Toussaint and Etiene Medeiros stand out as non-Asian competitors breaking into the top ranks, indicative of the global competition in this event. Additionally, the tie between Etiene Medeiros and Regan Smith, both clocking 27.14 seconds, emphasizes how razor-thin margins can result in shared ranks.

Analyzing these data points, we find that while Xiang Liu holds the current record, the competitive landscape is fluid and highly dynamic. With such minimal time differences separating the top performers, new records could be set at any forthcoming competition. This competitive volatility makes women’s 50m backstroke long course an exciting event to follow, representing the epitome of swimming excellence.

Note: World’s Fastest 50m Backstroke Women’s Long Course Updated July 2023

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