Canadas Noemie Thomas wins silver on Mare Nostrum Tour

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CANET-EN-ROUSILLON, France – Noemie Thomas of Richmond, B.C., won the silver medal Wednesday in the women’s 100-metre butterfly to open the second stop on the Mare Nostrum swimming circuit.

The 18-year-old world championship finalist clocked 58.99 seconds. Jeannette Ottesen of Denmark was the winner in 56.96 and Amit Ivry of Israel third in 59.53.

Thomas suffered an ankle injury earlier this year which hampered her performance at the Canadian Swimming Trials in April.

She fell short in her bid to make the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships teams this summer.

‘’I just wanted to go back to using my normal strategy for the races here,’’ said Thomas. ‘’Ottesen was really fast today but I was pleased that I stuck to what I needed to do and the kept the focus on my own race. My first 50 was particularly strong. I usually struggle with it when I’m in the midst of some heavy training as we are right now.’’

Canada also had two finalists in the men’s 400-m freestyle. Jeremy Bagshaw and Keegan Zanatta, both of Victoria, were sixth and seventh.

‘’This was my best time while in training so I was really happy with that,’’ said Bagshaw. ‘’The exposure we are going to get from swimming against some of the best racers in the world is going to be very valuable.’’

Competition ends Thursday.

Full results: http://www.liveffn.com/cgi-bin/resultats.php?competition=23489&langue=fra

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