TOKYO – Two-time Olympic medallist Ryan Cochrane of Victoria is competing at this week’s FINA/MASTBANK Swimming World Cup 2014 series as preparation for December’s FINA World Championships (25m) in Qatar.
The seven-stop World Cup circuit is raced in a short course pool in which the swimmers turn every 25 metres instead of every 50 metres as in an Olympic pool.
At the sixth stop in Tokyo, which concluded Wednesday, Cochrane finished eighth in the men’s 400-metre freestyle, his best result so far this week. He also competed this past weekend in Beijing. The circuit concludes this weekend in Singapore.
‘’With this being my first experience at the World Cups, I wanted to focus on skills and racing, while also keeping in mind that it is early in the season,’’ said Cochrane, who trains at the Swimming Canada High Performance Centre – Victoria. ‘’I believe it takes quite a bit of practice to excel at these events and I hope to get better at the next stop in Singapore.’’
While Cochrane is known to be fiery competitor he says it is important not to get ahead of the game plan in this current phase of preparation.
‘’The entire process is to get ready for the short course world champs in about six weeks,’’ he said. ‘’I will ideally be more prepared to race closer to my best times at that point.’’
Cochrane is confident that dipping into the final stops on the World Cup will be beneficial.
‘’There were some of the best men in the world racing in the 400,’’ he said. ‘’It’s great to learn from those experiences, while also keeping my mind on the long term goals.”
At the Tokyo stop, Cochrane’s HPC-Victoria teammate Hilary Caldwell (7th, 200-m backstroke) and Yuri Kisil of the High Performance Centre – Vancouver (7th, 100-m freestyle) were also finalists.