Records tumble as Aussies set sizzling pace

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Kaylee McKeown's archetypal aquatics of the Tokyo Games has resulted successful a caller Olympic grounds for the 100m backstroke.

In a ferocious play successful the pool, the erstwhile people was breached successful 3 consecutive heats, with Canada's Kylie Masse clocking 58.17 seconds, earlier American Regan Smith lowered the grounds to 57.96.

But neither was immoderate lucifer for McKeown, who stopped the timepiece successful 57.88 seconds, to suffice fastest for the semi finals. It's shaping up arsenic an epic conflict betwixt the trio for the golden medal, with the semi finals to instrumentality spot connected Monday, earlier Tuesday's final.

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Fellow Australian Emily Seebohm besides comfortably qualified, mounting the 5th fastest clip of 58.86.

Kalyee McKeown. (Getty)

Kyle Chalmers was besides successful enactment successful the 4x100 freestyle relay, and the 23-year-old delivered a sensational clip of 46.63, 1 of the top-10 splits successful history.

Swimming down Cameron McEvoy (49.18), Zac Incerti (47.64) and Alexander Graham (48.44), Chalmers astir hauled successful the United States team, but yet settled for 2nd successful the heat.

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Australia has qualified 3rd fastest wide successful 3:11.89, down Italy (3:10.29) and the United States (3:11.33).

On a nighttime wherever we got our archetypal glimpse of the Ariarne Titmus-Katie Ledecky rivalry for these Games, determination were plentifulness of Australians who starred.

Elsewhere, Queensland teen Tommy Neill is done to the semi finals of the 200m freestyle, qualifying eighth fastest successful a clip of 1:45.81.

Emily Seebohm of Team Australia and Kaylee McKeown of Team Australia vie successful vigor six of the Women's 100m Backstroke. (Getty)

The quality wasn't truthful good, however, for Elijah Winnington, who missed the semi finals aft mounting the 22nd fastest time.

In the women's 100m breaststroke, 20-year-old Queenslander Chelsea Hodges precocious to the semi finals with a clip of 1:06.70, the 12th fastest overall, though Jessica Hanson (20th) missed out.

And some Mitch Larkin (4th fastest) and 17-year-old Isaac Cooper (13th) qualified for the semi finals of the men's 100m backstroke.

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