Danielle Hanus fourth at Youth Olympics


NANJING, China – Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., took fourth spot in the women’s 50-m backstroke on Thursday in swimming competition at the Youth Olympic Games.

Maaike de Waard of the Netherlands was the winner in 28.36 seconds, Jessica Fullalove of Britain was second in 28.66 and Gabrielle Fa’Amausili of New Zealand third in 28.69.

Hanus posted the fastest reaction time of 0.30 seconds off the start and was fourth in 28.91.

She had clocked a personal best of 28.84 in Wednesday’s semifinal.

‘’It’s unfortunate I didn’t get a medal but I’m not too disappointed about it,’’ said Hanus, 16, also seventh in both the 100-m and 200-m backstrokes this week. ‘’It’s been amazing week for me to get into all the backstroke finals against more experienced competition.’’

Hanus also led off for Canada in its eighth place finish in the 4X100-m freestyle relay. The other swimmers were Danika Huizinga of Ajax, Ont., and MacKenzie Glover and Kelsey Wog, both of Winnipeg. China won the gold medal.

‘’Reaching the final was our goal,’’ said Huizinga, the youngest Canadian team member at 14. ‘’We tried to enjoy our race in the final. The Games have been a great experience for us to face this kind of international competition.’’

Javier Acevedo of Ajax, Ont., qualified fourth for the men’s 100-m freestyle. He was third in his semifinal heat in 50.15. The final is on Friday, the last day of swimming competition at the Games.

Full results at: http://www.nanjing2014.org/en/en_sports/GamestimeResults.htm

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