Kira Toussaint has broken the world record in the 50 meter backstroke on the short course at the International Swimming League (ISL) in Budapest on Saturday. The Dutch came to a time of 25.60 seconds in the semi-finals.
The 26-year-old Toussaint dived seven hundredths below the previous top time, which was held by the Brazilian Etiene Medeiros since 2014. She also set the first world record on an individual number during the second season of the ISL.
The Amstelveen also tightened its own Dutch record. She was fifteen hundredths faster than the time she swam at the European Short Course Championships in Glasgow at the end of last year.
Toussaint kept the competition well behind in the first semi-final battle. The Japanese Natsumi Sakai was the closest with 26.10. The second semifinal in the 50 meter backstroke is scheduled for Sunday.
On the 200 meters backstroke in Budapest, Toussaint had to settle for the fourth time in the semi-finals: 2.03.78. She was almost three seconds slower than Australian Emily Seebohm, who set the fastest time with 2.01.04.
The ISL is a competition founded in 2019 in which top swimmers from all over the world compete against each other as a team. Toussaint plays for the London Roar team.