B.C.’s Pick­rem wins bronze at FINA worlds

Windsor Star - - SPORTS - The Cana­dian Press

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.

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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.

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