B.C.’s Pickrem wins bronze at FINA worlds
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY Sydney Pickrem won Canada’s fourth medal of the FINA world championships on Sunday, earning bronze in the women’s 400-metre individual medley.
Pickrem, of Clearwater, B.C., secured third place with a personalbest time of four minutes 32.88 seconds.
“It’s the first 400 IM international level final I’ve ever made. I knew when I didn’t make the final in Rio I had so much left, so to finally be able to get in at night and give it all I’ve got, a result like that means the world,” said Pickrem, the youngest competitor in the final at age 20.
Later Sunday, Canada narrowly missed the podium in the women’s four-by-100 medley relay. The team featuring Penny Oleksiak, Kylie Masse, Kierra Smith and Chantal van Landeghem finished fourth in a Canadian-record time of 3:54.86.
Earlier, Rachel Nicol of Lethbridge, Alta., finished eighth in the women’s 50 breaststroke in 30.80 seconds. American Lilly King won gold in 29.40.
This year’s highlight for Canada was Masse’s world-record swim to 100-metre backstroke gold on Tuesday. The mixed four-by100-metre freestyle and medley relay teams also won bronze. Canada made 17 appearances in finals.
“(Seventeen) finals … is the best since the 1978 world championships,” Swimming Canada high performance director John Atkinson said.
Meanwhile, Caeleb Dressel won his seventh gold medal of the event Sunday. Twenty-four hours after becoming the first swimmer to win three golds in one night at a major international meet, the 20-yearold American became the second athlete after Michael Phelps to win seven golds at the second-biggest meet after the Olympics.
The University of Florida student won three individual golds and was part of four winning relay teams.
Sydney Pickrem of Clearwater, B.C., competes during the women’s 400-metre individual medley event at the FINA world championships on Sunday in Budapest, Hungary. Pickrem finished third.