Canada's Kylie Masse surges to silver in Olympic 100m backstroke

2-time world champion improves on bronze from 2016 Games

Canada's Kylie Masse, right, embraces gold medal winner Kaylee McKeown, of Australia, after taking silver in the women's 100-metre backstroke at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday in Japan.(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press)

Swimmer Kylie Masse is Canada's latest medallist in the pool.


The Lasalle, Ont., native narrowly missed the gold medal in the women's 100-metre backstroke, earning a well deserved silver on Tuesday in Tokyo.


"I upgraded from 2016, so I am really happy with that," said Masse, who won bronze at this event in Rio.


"It was an incredibly challenging, talented field of athletes who have been swimming crazy times all year so I knew it was going to be a battle. I am proud to get on the podium tonight."


A close race was predicted and it couldn't have been tighter. Australia's Kaylee McKeown set an Olympic record with a time of 57.47 seconds. Masse finished just behind at 57.72.


American Regan Smith captured bronze with a time of 58.05.