Kelowna’s Ruck adds 2 more medals at Pan Pacific meet
TOKYO (CP) — Taylor Ruck of Kelowna brought her medal total to three on Friday at the Pan Pacific Championships, following up her 200 freestyle gold on Thursday with bronze medals in the 100 freestyle and 4x200 freestyle relay.
Ruck’s personal best of 52.72 seconds in the 100 was the second fastest in Canadian history, just 0.02 off Penny Oleksiak’s Olympic gold-winning time.
“That was amazing, I can’t even describe it. It was so cool to be part of that race,” said Ruck, who finished behind Australia’s Cate Campbell (52.03) and Simone Manuel of the U.S. (52.66). “I felt really good in that race. The first 50 I went out pretty good and smooth, and the last 50 I just tried to hang on and tried to race Cate and Simone.”
Ruck, 18, also combined with Kayla Sanchez of Scarborough, Ont., Rebecca Smith of Toronto and Mackenzie Padington of Victoria for bronze in the relay.
Australia won that race, while the U.S. finished second.