McCabe Wins Bronze in 200BR at Worlds

Martha McCabe (UBCD) won the bronze medal in the women’s 200-metre breaststroke on Friday at the FINA World Aquatic Championships.

It was Canada’s third swimming medal of the competition. Ryan Cochrane (IS) took silver in the 800 freestyle earlier this week as did Brent Hayden (UBCD) in the 100 freestyle on Thursday.

Rebecca Soni of the U.S., took the 200 breaststroke gold in 2:21.47 with Yuliya Efimova of Russia second at 2:22.22 and McCabe third at 2:24.81. Annamay Pierse (UBCD) was eighth in 2:27.00.

‘’I’m excited and ecstatic,’’ said McCabe, 21, seventh at the 2009 worlds in Rome. ‘’It’s a pretty important result one year out of the Olympics but I know this event will only get faster so I can’t step back by any means.’’

McCabe came to the worlds with high expectations. 

‘’My goal was a top-five but after the semis I knew a medal was possible,’’ said McCabe. ‘’My coach told me to focus on my third 50 and that’s what I did. Heading into the wall, I didn’t know where I was but I finished strong.’’

The Toronto native said a key to her success is training everyday with Pierse, the current world record holder. ‘’That keeps me on my toes,’’ she said.

In the women’s 200 backstroke semifinals, Sinead Russell of Oakville, Ont., missed a berth in the final by a mere 0.01 seconds ranking ninth in 2:08.80. That was a Canadian record eclipsing her previous mark of 2:08.89 set at the world championship team trials in April.

Geneviève Cantin of Quebec City was 16th.

Swimming for Canada in Saturday’s preliminaries are Cochrane in the 1,500 freestyle, Victoria Poon of Montreal and Chantal Van Landeghem of Winnipeg in the women’s 50 freestyle, Jillian Tyler of Calgary in the women’s 50 breaststroke, Charles Francis of Montreal in the men’s 50 backstroke while Canada is slated to race in heat three of the women’s 4X100 medley relay.