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Canada’s Hilary Caldwell Sets New World Record in Women’s 200m Backstroke Swimming in 2016 Rio Olympics

RIO DE JANEIRO – 25-year-old Hilary Caldwell has set a new world record to triumph in the women’s 200m backstroke with a record time of  2:03.56, breaking the previous record by 50 seconds to clinch her first Olympic Gold  and Canada’s third gold medal in the 2016.

At the 2013 World Aquatics Championships she set and broke the national record for the 200-metre backstroke in each of the qualifying, semifinal, and final rounds in the process.

Today’s win has sealed her status as an emerging swimming superstar.

“I found it very tough but was able to pull through with determination” said Caldwell.

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