Young Canadians meet challenges at Youth Olympics

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NANJING, China – A young Canadian swimming squad met its objectives this week at the Youth Olympic Games as Kelsey Wog of Winnipeg and Javier Acevedo of Ajax, Ont., took sixth and eighth place on the last day of action at the pool on Friday.

‘’Our team swam with a lot of heart,’’ said Canadian coach Alan Swanston of Newmarket, Ont.

‘’We had some of the youngest swimmers in the competition but they believed in themselves and that explains the several top-eight finishes.’’

The seven-member Canadian squad reached nine finals including two fourth-place finishes.

In the women’s 200-m breaststroke, Wog was involved in a three-way battle for fourth place and took sixth in 2:29.89. Anastasiya Malyavina of Ukraine took the gold.

In the men’s 100-m freestyle, the top-six swimmers all went under 50 seconds with Acevedo clocking eighth in 50.29. He had set a personal best 50.15 in the semifinal on Thursday.

‘’It was special for me to be in such a fast race,’’ said Acevedo, 16, the youngest swimmer in the final. ‘’I’ve never been in that situation before. I have to go back home now and work hard to eventually beat those guys. If I can do that, I’ll have a great career in Canadian swimming.’’

The four-women team members – Wog, Danielle Hanus of Newmarket, Ont., Danika Huizinga of Ajax, Ont., and MacKenzie Glover of Winnipeg now head to Hawaii for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships August 27-31.

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

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