Cochrane Wins Second Silver at World Champs

Marching to the podium at major international events is starting to become a habit for Canadian swimming star Ryan Cochrane of Island Swimming / Victoria Academy of Swimming.

On Sunday, the Olympic bronze medallist from the Beijing Olympics, took the silver in the men’s 1,500-metre freestyle to conclude in grand style a strong and promising performance by the Canadian team at the FINA World Aquatic Championships.

Yang Sun of China won the gold medal in a world record 14 minutes and 34.14 seconds.  Cochrane followed in 14:44.46 for his second silver medal of the competition and fourth world championship medal of his career.  Gergo Kis of Hungary was third in 14:45.66.

‘’I would have liked to have been closer to that world record today but I was feeling pretty tired by the end of the week,’’ said Cochrane.  ‘’But I showed I have the racing capacity in me and it’s exciting for next year.  Yang Sun has pushed that world record but I don’t think he’s unattainable to beat and that will give me some incentive over the next year.’’

Canada also placed seventh in the men’s 4X100 medley relay with Charles Francis of Montreal, Scott Dickens of Vancouver, Joe Bartoch of London, Ont., and Brent Hayden of Vancouver.  It was Canada’s best world championship result in the event since 2001.  It also earned Canada an Olympic quota spot.

‘’We gave everything we had in the prelims,’’ said Francis.  ‘’The goal was to make the final and get the Olympic spot.  We are very pleased to achieve our goal.’’

Canada ends the swimming competition with four medals.  Besides Cochrane, Hayden took silver in the 100 freestyle and Martha McCabe of Toronto the bronze in the women’s 100 breaststroke.  Four Canadian records were also lowered, 17 personal best were set and the Canadians reached 14 finals.