Alabama Olympic swimmer Rhyan White wins 200-meter backstroke world championship

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Alabama swimmer Rhyan White is the 2021 world champion in the 200-meter backstroke after winning the event Saturday.

White beat Canadian Kylie Masse with a time of 2:01.58 after retaking the lead in the last 50 meters of the race at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirate, at the FINA World Championships.

It's White's second medal of the world championships after taking silver in the 200-meter medley relay.

She is the first Crimson Tide swimmer to win an individual world championship in program history. White won silver in the 4x100-meter medley relay at the 2020 Summer Olympics while placing fourth in the 100-meter and 200-meter backstrokes in Tokyo.

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“What an amazing race by Rhyan," Ozzie Quevedo, Alabama associate head coach and Team USA assistant coach, said in a press release. "After a huge summer winning the 200 backstroke at the (United States) Olympic Trials and then taking fourth in Tokyo, you could feel that she was on verge of taking the next step and making the podium."

MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11:  Alabama swimmer Rhyan White looks on after finishing first place in the Women's 200 Meter Backstroke Final on Day Four of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Mission Viejo at Marguerite Aquatics Center on April 11, 2021 in Mission Viejo, California.
MISSION VIEJO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 11: Alabama swimmer Rhyan White looks on after finishing first place in the Women's 200 Meter Backstroke Final on Day Four of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Mission Viejo at Marguerite Aquatics Center on April 11, 2021 in Mission Viejo, California.

White continues in the championships with the 50-meter backstroke, with preliminary events starting Sunday.

This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Alabama Olympic swimmer Rhyan White wins 200M backstroke world championship

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