NANJING, China – Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg was Canada’s first swimming finalist at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games on Sunday and took eighth spot in the women’s 200-m individual medley.
Wog clocked a personal best in the preliminaries in 2:17.55 and went slightly slower in the final in 2:17.86. The gold medal was won by Vien Nguyen Thi Anh of Vietnam.
‘’It was a great thrill to be in a Youth Olympics final,’’ said Wog, 15. ‘I was pleased to get a personal best time and have solid swims in both the prelims and final. I made a lot of improvements in the butterfly and backstroke legs of my race.’’
Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., advanced to the women’s 200-m backstroke final finishing fourth in her semifinal heat in 1:02.12 which was the fifth best time overall heading into Monday’s final. She won her morning heat in 1:02.19.
‘’I came close to my personal best but it wasn’t the time I wanted,’’ said Hanus, 16. ‘’Still I’m in a good position going into the final. This was a new experience for me today and I hope in the final I can take at least another second off my time.’’
MacKenzie Glover of Winnipeg was eighth in the same semi heat as Hanus and does not advance.
Javier Acevedo of Ajax, Ont., won his opening heat in the men’s 100-m backstroke and was eighth in his semifinal heat in the evening.
Swimming competition at the Games continues until Friday. Canada is fielding a seven-member youth team for the event. The other team members are Colin Gilbert of Kamloops, B.C., Matthew Mac of Oakville, Ont., and Danika Huizinga of Ajax.
Full results at: http://www.nanjing2014.org/en/en_sports/GamestimeResults.htm