Johns Wins Four Medals at World Cup Meet

Brian Johns, UBCD, picked up four medals at the World Cup stop in Singapore over the weekend, leading the eight-swimmer Canadian contingent at the meet.

The meet in Singapore was the third stop in the 2010 Short Course World Cup swimming circuit.

The three-time Olympian ended the two day meet with four trips to the podium. On Sunday, he notched a silver in the 200 freestyle and bronze in the 200 IM. On Saturday, he was second in the 400 IM and third in the 200 butterfly.

He earned his 200 freestyle medal with a powerful final 50m, and nearly caught winner Darian Townsend of Australia who took the gold in one minute and 44.30 seconds. 

Johns, fourth at the 150-metre split, charged to a 1:44.63 time for the silver while Kyle Richardson of Australia was third in 1:44.67.

In the 200 individual medley, Thiago Pereira of Brazil was the victor in 1:53.45, Townsend followed in 1:54.58 and Johns was third in 1:55.67. Tobias Oriwol of Pointe-Claire, Que., was fourth in 1:57.03 and Andrew Ford of Guelph, Ont., fifth in 2:01.43.

“I’m pretty pleased with my performances here after some disappointments at the Commonwealth Games,” said Johns, who’ll also compete at the World Cup in Tokyo on Wednesday and Thursday. “It’s been hard to have a 14-month season but usually I swim my best when I swim a lot.”

Oriwol was also fourth in the 200 backstroke missing the podium by less than a second and a half.

“I’m happy with my races this weekend,” said Oriwol. “I hadn’t raced short course in quite awhile and I was able to do some best times. These World Cups are important because they usually launch a new season and it’s good to race against people in the same situation as you are.” 

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