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Olympics roundup: Utah native Rhyan White finishes fourth in 100-meter backstroke final

Utah native Rhyan White was in medal position after the first 50 meters, but just missed out on the podium, finishing fourth in the women’s 100-meter backstroke final.

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FILE — Rhyan White participates in the women’s 200-meter backstroke during wave 2 of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Omaha, Neb.

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Utah native Rhyan White was in medal position after the first 50 meters, but just missed out on the podium, finishing fourth in the women’s 100-meter backstroke final with a time of 58.43.

White had a great start to the race and was in second place when she touched the wall after the first 50 meters, but was passed by Australia’s Kaylee McKeown and USA’s Regan Smith in the final 50 meters.

McKeown won the gold medal with a new Olympic record of 57.47. Canada’s Kylie Masse finished in second with a time of 57.72 and the Smith took home the bronze medal with a finish of 58.05.

Overall, it was a good showing for the 21-year-old White — the first Utahn ever to swim in the Olympics — in her first Olympics. She will compete next in the 200-meter backstroke qualifications on Thursday.

Former Ute Anissa Urtez helps Mexico advance to bronze-medal game

Former Utah softball player Anissa Urtez went 2-for-4 as Mexico beat Australia 4-1 to advance to the bronze-medal game against Canada later tonight at 10 p.m. MDT.

Urtez has come up key for Mexico so far these Olympics, the first time the country has competed in Olympic softball. She hit a home run for Mexico at the start of the Games, and hit a 2-run home run on Sunday in a 5-0 win against Italy, ensuring that the matchup against Australia would decide who advanced to the bronze-medal game.

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