BEIJING – Canada’s women’s 4X100 freestyle relay lowered the national record for the second time in two days and Brian Johns of Vancouver took seventh spot in the men’s 400-metre individual medley in Sunday morning’s swimming finals at the Olympic Games.
In the men’s 400 IM, Michael Phelps of the U.S., began his quest for a potential eight gold medals breaking his world record with a 4:03.84 clocking.
Johns took seventh spot in 4:13.38. He had qualified seventh for the final in the morning in a Canadian record 4:11.21.
‘’This was a really hard race just to get in the finals,’’ said Johns. ‘’Once you get there, you no longer race for a time, you race the guy next to you. I ‘m really pleased with the Canadian performances so far as many of us have gone lifetime best, and we will see more of us fighting to get a lane in the finals.”
In the women’s 4X100 freestyle relay, the Netherlands clocked an Olympic Games record 3:33.76 with the U.S., second in 3:34.33 and Australia third in 3:35.05.
Canada with Julia Wilkinson of North York, Ont., Erica Morningstar of Calgary and Genevieve Saumur and Audrey Lacroix, both of Montreal, took eighth spot in a Canadian record 3:38.32 to better the 3:38.82 mark they swam in Saturday evening’s prelims.
‘’We’re all very happy with what we were able to do,’’ Morningstar told CBC television. ‘’It was our goal to make the final, we knew it was going to be tough. An eighth place finish is a start for us and we’ll go from there.’’
Wilkinson says the record time sets the tone for the rest of the meet for her individual events.
‘’It’s always awesome to start with a best time,’’ she said. ‘’You know your preparation is all together and you can expect the rest will follow. It also gives confidence for the other relays as well, so the rest of the week should be awesome.’’
“It was great to see all the Canadian flags waving in the crowd as we marched to the blocks,” said Julie Wilkinson after the race. “I imagined that all nineteen thousand spectators were there to cheer us on. I just couldn’t stop smilling.”
In Sunday evening’s prelims, Canadians in action will include: Wilkinson in the women’s 100 backstroke, Brent Hayden of Vancouver and Colin Russell of Oakville, Ont., in the men’s 200 freestyle, Annamay Pierse of Vancouver and Jillian Tyler of Calgary in the women’s 100 breaststroke, Jake Tapp of Langley, B.C., in the men’s 100 backstroke, Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., and Savannah King of Vancouver in the women’s 400 freestyle and the men’s 4X100 freestyle relay.
Full results at: http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/Schedule/SW.shtml