Island Swimming's Ryan Cochrane added his name to one of the most exclusive clubs in the sport of swimming, becoming only the second swimmer ever to medal in both the 800 and 1500 Free events at three World Championships. Cochrane followed up his bronze medals performance in the Men's 800 Free earlier this week with a silver medal in the metric mile in what, once again, was one of the most exciting races of the meet.
Sun Yang, the prohibitive favourite in the event coming off of convincing wins in both the 400 and 800 Free, won the race, but Cochrane certainly gave him all he could handle. While Sun was out to an early lead, Cochrane kept him in his sights, and pulled ahead by a slight margin at the 400m mark. At every turn after that, Cochrane kept getting his feet on the wall just ahead of Sun, although Sun never gave Cochrane much breathing room - the largest margin Cochrane had was just 3/10th of a second.
At the 1400m mark with 100m to go, Cochrane again had his feet on the wall first, by just 1/10th second, but then Sun found another gear that Cochrane simply couldn't match, going 27.37 and 27.11 on his final two 50s compared to Cochrane's 28.40 and 27.51.
Sun's final time of 14:41.15, while Cochrane was 14:42.48. Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) took the bronze in 14:45.37.
Canada finished the 2013 World Championships with SwimBC athletes once again being the sole medal winners from our National team at the meet. Cochrane's training partners at the Victoria Academy of Swimming - Hilary Caldwell (Women's 100 Back) and Eric Hedlin (Men's 5K Open Water) - each won bronze in their respective events earlier in World Championships.