Canadas medley relay cracks top-five at Youth Olympics


NANJING, China – Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., took seventh spot in the women’s 100-m backstroke then helped Canada to fifth in the 4X100-m medley relay in swimming action Monday at the Youth Olympic Games.

In the relay, China won the gold medal clocking four minutes and 03.58 seconds. Britain was second in 4:05.75 and Australia third in 4:06.38.

Canada was in a heated battle with Germany for fourth. The Germans clocked 4:10.54 and the Canadians 4:10.73.

The Canadian swimmers were MacKenzie Glover of Winnipeg, Danika Huizinga of Ajax, Ont., Hanus and Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg.

‘’We were very pleased with our performance,’’ said Huizinga, the youngest team member at 14. ‘’We didn’t have that much time to practice together. The key for us was to keep in mind that this race was not about you. It was for the team.’’

In a very close women’s 100-m backstroke, Hanus was just over a half second from a medal performance clocking 1:01.81. Clara Smiddy of the U.S. was the winner in 1:01.22, Jessica Fullalove of Britain second in 1:01.23 and Bobbi Gichard of New Zealand third at 1:01.25.

‘’To be one of the youngest competitors in the race I am extremely proud of my performance,’’ said Hanus, 16. ‘’It was a big thrill to be in a final at the Youth Olympics. It was an alright time for me but with the competition so close it was more about racing than the time.’’

Javier Acevedo of Ajax, Ont., ranked ninth in the 200-m freestyle preliminaries missing a berth in Tuesday’s final by one spot.

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., and Matthew Mac of Oakville, Ont.

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