SANTA CLARA, Calif.(ISN) – Olympic and world championship medallist Ryan Cochrane of Victoria won the silver medal on Thursday in the men’s 800-metre freestyle to open the Santa Clara International swimming competition.
Park Tae-hwan of South Korea set a meet record clocking 7 minutes, 52.07 seconds, the fourth-fastest time in the world this year. It was just under Canadian Ryan Cochrane’s old mark of 7:52.18 set last year. Cochrane finished second in 7:57.19, while Ryan Napoleon of Australia was third at 7:59.10.
After attending the David Foster Gala in VIctoria last week, swimmer Ryan Cochrane headed to California where he captured a silver medal in the Santa Clara International meet (Photo by Christian J. Stewart -ISN)
‘’Ryan (Cochrane) is in the midst of a heavy workload right now and this is where he is at,’’ said Canadian Olympic team coach Randy Bennett. ‘’His training right now is going exceptionally well and were seeing do a lot better in so many areas.
‘’He is really focused and has a professional approach.’’
Several other Canadian Olympians are at the competition including Julia Wilkinson of Stratford, Ont., Erica Morningstar of Calgary, Amanda Reason of Windsor, Ont., Colin Russell of Oakville, Ont., and Scott Dickens of Ancaster, Ont.