Martin Richard

MOSCOW– Brent Hayden of Vancouver and Erica Morningstar of Calgary earned gold medals in the men’s 50 freestyle and women’s 100 IM respectively on Wednesday at the third stop on the FINA World Cup swimming circuit.

It was a fourth World Cup medal for both swimmers this season.

Hayden notched his first victory clocking 21.65 seconds finishing ahead of Eamon Sullivan of Australia second in 21.76 and Nikita Lobintsev of Russia third in 21.80. Hayden took silver in the 100 freestyle on Tuesday and was also second in the 50 and 100 freestyles this past weekend in Stockholm.

”I nailed every single part of my race” said Hayden, a five-time world championship medallist. ”There was nothing that I felt I failed at. I nailed my start, turn and felt I came off the wall pretty good and maintained a good hold on the water.”

In the women’s 100-metre individual medley, Morningstar surged from fifth place at the half way mark to the victory in 1:00.57. Liu Jing of China was second in 1:00.95 and Ekaterina Andreeva of Russia third in 1:01.07. Morningstar also won the 200 IM on Tuesday and on the weekend was second in the 200 IM and first in the 100 IM.

”I’m really happy with how I’ve swam so far posting best times in all my races,” said Morningstar, a 2008 Olympian. ”And it’s always fun to win. With these competitions so close to each other, the biggest challenge is being fully ready to race no matter how you feel.”

Mike Brown of Calgary was eighth in the men’s 100 breaststroke and Annamay Pierse of Vancouver eighth in the women’s 200 breaststroke

”Our swimmers are getting faster on the circuit despite fighting the fatigue that comes from racing that often combined with the travel,” said Canadian national team coach Tom Johnson of Vancouver. ”It’s a great exercise for them.”

The next stop on the circuit is this weekend in Berlin.

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