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Kira TOUSSAINT
Sport Swimming
NOC Netherlands   
GenderWomen
Born22 May 1994 in Amstelveen, NED
Height1.74 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Family
Partner Jesse Koopman
Residence
Amsterdam, NED
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Dutch, English
Higher education
Biokinetics - University of Tennessee : Knoxville, TN, USA
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport?
She and her sister Merel tried many sports when they were young. "My parents didn't want to force us into swimming, We tried out everything for fun. We both liked swimming the best, and we both stuck with swimming."
Club / Team
HPC Amsterdam: Netherlands
Name of coach
Mark Faber [national], NED
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (kiratoussaint.com, 15 Mar 2019)
Most influential person in career
Her mother. (lc.nl, 16 Jun 2020)
Hero / Idol
Dutch swimmer Inge de Bruijn. (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 15 Jul 2021)
Injuries
A shoulder injury in May 2016 meant that she missed the 2016 European Championships in London, England. (Facebook profile, 03 Jul 2016)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2013/14 Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association Swimmer of the Year while competing for Florida Gulf Coast University in the United States of America. (utsports.com, 08 Jul 2016)
Famous relatives
Her mother Jolanda de Rover won a gold medal in the 200m backstroke and a bronze medal in the 100m backstroke at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Her partner Jesse Koopmen has represented the Netherlands in water polo. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Apr 2019; Facebook profile, 25 Mar 2019; utsports.com, 08 Jul 2016)
Other information
TRANSFER TO TENNESSEE
She began her US college career at the Florida Gulf Coast University in 2013 and transferred to the University of Tennessee in July 2015. "I decided Florida Gulf Coast was not the best place for me to make my Olympic dream come true, so I decided to leave there. Somebody told me about Tennessee, and that's how I came on a recruiting trip here. I went to some other schools, but this felt the best and that's how I ended up here." (swimmingworldmagazine.com, 01 Jul 2016; tnledger.com, 06 May 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 59.11
10 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:59.89
4 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:33.70
6 2021 Tokyo, JPN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.25
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 100m Backstroke 1:01.17
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
6 2022 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 59.99
8 2022 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 27.80
5 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.24
3 2022 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.54
Semifinal 2019 Gwangju, KOR 100m Backstroke 1:00.13
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Backstroke 27.85
4 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:35.32
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  
6 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay  
8 2019 Gwangju, KOR 4 x 100m Medley Relay  DSQ
Semifinal 2017 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 1:00.76
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 28.30
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
7 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 200m Backstroke 2:04.74
4 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 100m Backstroke 55.53
Semifinal 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 50m Backstroke 26.43
3 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:34.89
3 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.03
4 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:28.86
2 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:28.61
1 2021 Abu Dhabi, UAE 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:36.20
Semifinal 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 100m Backstroke 57.73
Semifinal 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Backstroke 26.52
18 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 200m Backstroke 2:07.67 
Semifinal 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Backstroke 27.61
Semifinal 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Backstroke 58.36
European Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2022 Rome, ITA 50m Backstroke  
1 2022 Rome, ITA 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.73
4 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 59.32
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 27.36
5 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:57.41
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:34.29
2 2021 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:41.28
8 2018 Glasgow, SCO 100m Backstroke 1:00.14
8 2018 Glasgow, SCO 50m Backstroke 28.80
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:34.77
4 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:45.57
5 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:58.94
2 2018 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:23.97
Heats 2016 London, ENG 100m Backstroke  DNS
Heats 2016 London, ENG 50m Backstroke  DNS
Heats 2012 Debrecen, HUN 100m Backstroke  DSQ
Semifinal 2012 Debrecen, HUN 200m Backstroke 2:13.09
Semifinal 2012 Debrecen, HUN 50m Backstroke 29.40
European Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
4 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:44.68
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Backstroke 2:01.26
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 55.76
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 25.79
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:36.18
2 2021 Kazan, RUS 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:35.47
3 2019 Glasgow, SCO 200m Backstroke 2:03.04
1 2019 Glasgow, SCO 100m Backstroke 55.71
1 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Backstroke 25.84
Heats 2019 Glasgow, SCO 50m Freestyle 24.50
2 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:37.12
1 2019 Glasgow, SCO 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:35.21
6 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 50m Backstroke 26.54
2 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Backstroke 56.21
6 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 200m Backstroke 2:05.55
Heats 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 100m Freestyle  DNS
4 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:45.39
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay  
1 2017 Copenhagen, DEN 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:37.71
4 2012 Chartres, FRA 100m Backstroke 58.22
8 2012 Chartres, FRA 50m Backstroke 27.37
31 2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Butterfly 27.67
16 2011 Szczecin, POL 100m Backstroke 59.46
12 2011 Szczecin, POL 200m Backstroke 2:08.46
14 2011 Szczecin, POL 50m Backstroke 27.80
8 2011 Szczecin, POL 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:51.09
World Cup
Rank Year Venue Event Result
2 2021   Overall Ranking  
4 2021 Berlin, GER 100m Backstroke 56.40
1 2021 Berlin, GER 200m Backstroke 2:03.44
1 2021 Berlin, GER 50m Backstroke 25.81
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 26.07
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 55.72
1 2021 Budapest, HUN 200m Backstroke 2:02.09
1 2021 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 25.93
1 2021 Doha, QAT 100m Backstroke 55.79
1 2021 Doha, QAT 200m Backstroke 2:02.12
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 55.42
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 25.87
1 2021 Kazan, RUS 200m Backstroke 2:03.51
1 2019 Berlin, GER 50m Backstroke 27.49
1 2019 Berlin, GER 100m Backstroke 59.46
3 2019 Berlin, GER 200m Backstroke 2:11.79
1 2019 Budapest, HUN 100m Backstroke 59.56
1 2019 Budapest, HUN 50m Backstroke 27.68
6 2019 Budapest, HUN 100m Freestyle 55.57
1 2019 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:48.03
3 2019 Budapest, HUN 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:29.43
1 2019 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 27.80
1 2019 Doha, QAT 100m Backstroke 59.14
4 2019 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 54.48
1 2019 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 27.89
4 2019 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 59.65
5 2019 Kazan, RUS 100m Freestyle 54.78
8 2018   Overall Ranking  
3 2018 Beijing, CHN 100m Backstroke 56.54
8 2018 Beijing, CHN 50m Freestyle 24.53
1 2018 Beijing, CHN 50m Backstroke 26.21
1 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Backstroke 28.01
2 2018 Doha, QAT 100m Backstroke 1:00.05
5 2018 Doha, QAT 100m Freestyle 55.44
2 2018 Doha, QAT 200m Backstroke 2:13.24
5 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Freestyle 25.45
6 2018 Doha, QAT 50m Butterfly 27.13
1 2018 Doha, QAT 4 x 100m Freestyle Relay 3:49.18
3 2018 Eindhoven, NED 50m Backstroke 26.13
4 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Backstroke 56.63
8 2018 Eindhoven, NED 100m Freestyle 53.20
1 2018 Eindhoven, NED 4 x 50m Medley Relay 1:38.64
4 2018 Kazan, RUS 200m Backstroke 2:13.37
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 50m Backstroke 28.18
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 100m Backstroke 59.80
1 2018 Kazan, RUS 4 x 100m Medley Relay 3:46.10
1 2018 Singapore, SGP 100m Backstroke 55.92 NR
6 2018 Singapore, SGP 50m Butterfly 26.27
4 2018 Singapore, SGP 200m Backstroke 2:03.59
1 2018 Singapore, SGP 50m Backstroke 26.04 NR
7 2018 Singapore, SGP 50m Freestyle 24.48
1 2018 Tokyo, JPN 50m Backstroke 26.21
6 2018 Tokyo, JPN 50m Freestyle 24.39
2 2018 Tokyo, JPN 100m Backstroke 56.24
8 2018 Tokyo, JPN 100m Freestyle 53.41
27 2017   Overall  
4 2017 Berlin, GER 200m Backstroke 2:05.47
2 2017 Berlin, GER 50m Backstroke 26.24
3 2017 Eindhoven, NED 200m Backstroke 2:07.43
5 2016 Paris, FRA 50m Backstroke 27.02
4 2012 Stockholm, SWE 50m Backstroke 27.63
7 2012 Stockholm, SWE 200m Backstroke 2:13.24
2 2012 Stockholm, SWE 100m Backstroke 59.08