Calgary’s Chad Bobrosky wins gold medal at world junior swimming championships
LIMA, Peru (August 17, 2011) – Chad Bobrosky of Calgary won the gold medal in the men’s 200-metre freestyle on Wednesday at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships.
It was Bobrosky’s third medal of the competition. He also took silver in the 400 freestyle and helped Canada to second in the 4X100 freestyle relay on Tuesday. After two days of competition, Canada has four medals ( a gold and three silver).
In the 200 freestyle, Bobrosky clocked 1:49.13 to finish ahead of Pawel Werner of Poland in second at 1:49.39 and Cameron McEvoy of Australia third at 1:50.12.
‘’I came here to race and win the gold medal,’’ said Bobrosky. ‘’I was disappointed with my 400 yesterday and I really wanted to come back strong today. It was really exciting to see that Canadian flag go up and it’s a great result for our junior program.’’
Canada came close to two more medal appearances.
Brittany MacLean of Etobicoke, Ont., nearly notched her second medal of the competition finishing fourth in the women’s 800 freestyle less than a half-second from the podium. Meanwhile Chantal Van Landegehem of Winnipeg was only 0.1 seconds from third spot in a fourth place finish in the women’s 100 bacsktroke.
Brooklyn Snodgrass of Calgary was sixth in the 100 backstroke. Devon Bibault of Edmonton and Noemie Thomas of Vancouver were seventh and eighth in the women’s 200 freestyle and Omar Arafa of Toronto seventh in the men’s 100 backstroke.
Van Landeghem of Winnipeg qualified for the women’s 100-metre freestyle final ranking fourth in the semis.
Canada has fielded a 28-member team for the competition which runs until Sunday.
Full results: http://www.fina.org/H2O/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=1162