Halfway through the World Championships, Day 5’s prelims unleashed a wave of enthralling events. Yet, none held a candle to the inferno ignited by the women’s 100m butterfly. Witnessing this display of unyielding determination and raw talent was akin to watching gladiators battling for aquatic glory. But amidst this storm of prowess, Team USA’s Rachel Klinker lost but still gave her best.

Yesterday, at the 2024 World Championships in Doha, Rachel Klinker of the United States made a splash in the women’s 200 butterfly semifinal. Clocking a stunning personal best of 2:07.70, she secured the second seed for the finals, raising hopes for Team USA. However, despite a valiant effort, Team USA lost today and Great Britain ultimately emerged victorious.

Rachel Klinker’s valiant effort in Women’s 100m Butterfly


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In the recent women’s 100m butterfly race, Rachel Klinker of the USA finished with a time of 2:08:19. Great Britain’s Laura Stephens assumed the role of frontrunner with aplomb. Despite relentless challenges from top qualifier Helena Rosendahl Bach, Rachel Klinker of the United States, and Lana Pudar of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Stephens maintained her composure throughout the race.

With a lead that fluctuated but never exceeded 28-hundredths, Stephens surged ahead down the stretch, ultimately touching the wall first, a mere nine hundredths ahead of Bach’s 2:07.44. This triumph marked Stephens’ maiden medal at a global meet, surpassing her previous best of a silver in the 200 fly at the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Conversely, Bach, who clinched silver, had previously secured a silver at the 2022 European Championships. Pudar, the 18-year-old European champion, showcased her prowess by clinching bronze with a time of 2:07.92, marking her first long course medal at a global meet after a bronze at the 2024 Short Course World Championships.

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Notably, all three medalists had been finalists at the previous year’s World Championships, albeit swimming slower times this year, underscoring the intense competition in the event. Meanwhile, Klinker’s fourth-place finish at 2:08.19 may not have secured a medal, but her remarkable performance throughout the meet, including slashing two seconds off her personal best, positions her as a formidable contender for the U.S. Olympic team in the event.

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