Three more Canadian swimming records fall in Mondays preliminaries at Olympic Games

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BEIJING – Julia Wilkinson of North York, Ont., Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., and Adam Sioui of Calgary all broke Canadian records in Monday evening’s preliminaries in swimming action at the Olympic Games.

Canadian swimmers have now lowered national records in 10 events after only three days of competition.

In the women’s 200-metre individual medley, Wilkinson clocked two minutes and 12.56 seconds to rank 13th and advance to Tuesday morning’s semifinals.

Erica Morningstar of Calgary, who previously held the record at 2:13.43, took 19th spot and was eliminated.

“The best part today was that I was able to bounce back from my 100 backstroke and race to a Canadian record time,’’ said Wilkinson.

Wilkinson however lost her national record in the 200 freestyle as Horner clocked 1:58.35 eclipsing the previous national mark of 1:58.73 set by Wilkinson at the Beijing Trials in April. Horner ranked 17th and was eliminated.

“I have been after this record for so long,’’ said Horner. ‘’I’m really happy to have set it here at the Olympics. Just before the race my parents sent me a text message to let me know that they were sitting in the crowd. It was pleased to know that the were able to witness it.”

In the men’s 200 butterfly prelims, Sioui clocked 1:57.45 for 25th spot to better his 1:57.98 mark posted at the Beijing Trials. “I’m quite pleased with lowering my Canadian record,’’ said Sioui. ‘’It felt great in the water tonight.”

The next batch of semis and finals go tonight at 10 p.m. (EDT) in Canada.

Full results at: http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRM/ENG/Schedule/SW.shtml

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