Johns Wraps Up World Cup with Silver

TOKYO (October 21, 2010) – Three-time Olympian Brian Johns (UBCD), will be coming home with a handful of medals including Thursday’s silver in the men’s 200-metre freestyle won at the fourth stop on the swimming World Cup circuit.

At the two meets this week, here, and in Singapore on the weekend, Johns collected six medals just a week after competing at the Commonwealth Games.

In Thursday’s 200 freestyle, Takeshi Matsuda of Japan won the gold medal clocking one minute and 43.93 seconds.  Johns, swimming out of lane seven after a sixth place in the morning preliminaries, neared his personal best clocking 1:44.13 and Darian Townsend of South Africa was third in 1:44.47.

“I was happy with my swim tonight,” said Johns.  “After the Commonwealth Games I wasn’t sure I was going to compete at these World Cups.  But it was good to come here and swim at my best.”

On Wednesday, Johns took bronze in the 400 individual medley. 

In Singapore, the versatile Johns opened with silver in the 400 IM and bronze in the 200 butterfly on the first day and added silver in the 200 free and bronze in the 200 IM on Sunday.

Johns was disappointed to not step on the podium Commonwealth Games.

“It’s a big confidence boost for me to win these medals on the World Cup,” said Johns.  “I knew I had done the training to swim fast at the Games and to not have it come out there was difficult.  

“These World Cup performances are something I can build on for next season.”