Cana­dian women strong in the pool at world cham­pi­onships

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

Syd­ney Pick­rem put her­self in medal con­tention at the FINA world cham­pi­onships on Sun­day by break­ing her own Cana­dian record in the 200me­tre in­di­vid­ual med­ley semi­fi­nal.

Pick­rem of Clear­wa­ter, B.C., clocked a time of two min­utes and 9.17 sec­onds, which puts her in third po­si­tion for Mon­day’s fi­nal.

“A best time is a best time, you can’t be up­set with that,” Pick­rem said. “The plan is to de­scend my 200s. We’re in the right di­rec­tion so hope­fully I keep get­ting bet­ter to­mor­row night.”

World record holder Katinka Hosszu of Hun­gary took the top spot at 2:07.14 while Me­lanie Mar­galis of the U.S., is sec­ond af­ter fin­ish­ing in 2:08.70. Ot­tawa’s Erika Sel­tenre­ich-Hodg­son was 11th.

Toronto’s Penny Olek­siak ad­vanced to Mon­day’s 100-me­tre but­ter­fly fi­nal af­ter clock­ing a time of 57.07 sec­onds in the semis — good for fifth. The 17-year-old is the Olympic sil­ver medal­list and world ju­nior record holder in the event.

Canada just missed a medal on Day 1 as the women’s 4x100 freestyle re­lay came fourth in 3:33.94. The team of San­drine Mainville, Chan­tal Van Lan­deghem, Kayla Sanchez and Olek­siak had claimed bronze in the event dur­ing the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“We all raced our hearts out,” Van Lan­deghem said.

“I think last sum­mer raised our ex­pec­ta­tions a bit. We wanted to be on the podium but I’m proud of the girls. We’re all right around our best splits ever and it’s only Day 1 so there’s still lots of rac­ing to do. I think ev­ery­one’s ex­cited to keep go­ing.”

The men’s team of Yuri Kisil, Markus Thormeyer, Javier Acevedo, Car­son Olaf­son fin­ished sixth.

In other semi­fi­nal ac­tion, Ed­mon­ton’s Richard Funk came 15th in men’s 100 breast­stroke.

Mean­while, Canada fell 10-6 to France in the first clas­si­fi­ca­tion match of wa­ter polo ac­tion.

The Cana­di­ans play their fi­nal match on Tues­day against South Africa for 15th spot. Canada’s women’s team faces Hun­gary in quar­ter­fi­nal play on Mon­day.

The world cham­pi­onships con­tinue un­til Sun­day, July 31.

CLIVE ROSE, GETTY IM­AGES

Penny Olek­siak of Canada com­petes in the women’s 100-me­tre but­ter­fly heats at the Bu­dapest 2017 FINA world cham­pi­onships Sun­day. Olek­siak ad­vanced to Mon­day’s 100-me­tre but­ter­fly fi­nal af­ter clock­ing a time of 57.07 sec­onds in the semis — good for fifth.

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