Andrew Hurd wins silver medal at Mare Nostrum swimming competition

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BARCELONA – Andrew Hurd of Toronto won the silver medal on Tuesday in the men’s 400-metre freestyle to open the second stop on the Mare Nostrum swimming circuit.

Patrick Murphy of Australia won the gold medal in three minutes and 51.97 seconds with Hurd second in 3:52.44 and Dragos Coman of Romania third in 3:52.46. It was Hurd’s second medal of the tour.

He was third in this weekend’s 400 freestyle at first stop at Monte Carlo in almost the same time.

Hurd has qualified for the Olympics in the 4X200 freestyle and is chasing a 3:49.00 Olympic qualifying standard time in the 400 freestyle. He’ll have another opportunity later this month.

‘’I’m a little disappointed with the time but the placing was satisfying,’’ said Hurd, tuning up for his third Olympics. ‘’Race strategy in the 400 is something I’ve been struggling with and lately I’ve gotten a hold of it a lot better.’’

Another Olympic-bound swimmer Erica Morningstar of Calgary raced in two finals Tuesday. She was fifth in the women’s 50 freestyle in 25.94 and sixth in the 50 breaststroke in 32.74. Sinead Russell of Oakville, Ont., was eighth in the 100 backstroke.

Other men’s finalists were Eric Francis of Montreal and Adam Sioui of Calgary, both fifth in the 200 backstroke and 200 butterfly respectively, while Colin Russell of Oakville was seventh in the 100 freestyle.

Mathieu Bois of Montreal and Mike Brown of Perth, Ont., were 1-2 in the 100 breaststroke B final for ninth and 10th overall.

Competition ends Wednesday. The third and final stop on the tour is this weekend in Canet, France.

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