Cochrane captures double bronze to become most decorated Canadian swimmer

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By Ardy Ramezani, Vikes Communication
 
 

Former University of Victoria Vikes swimmers Richard Weinberger, Eric Hedlin, Hilary Caldwell and Ryan Cochrane competed at the 16th FINA World Championships in Kazaan, Russia. Leading the pack was two-time Olympian Cochrane who captured two bronze medals to bring his all-time total to eight, a Canadian record. 

The FINA World Championships started off with the open-water events with Olympian Richard Weinberger and Eric Hedlin joining each other in the 10-km competition. Weinberger swam a time of 1:50.19.9 to finish in the top eight while Hedlin finished the event in 56th place with a time of 1:56.52.3. Although not official, Weinberger’s eight-place finish likely qualified him for the 2016 Rio Olympics, as he is the only swimmer Canada can use for the event.

Hilary Caldwell who set a new Pan Am record and won a gold in the 200-m backstroke was also present. However, she was battling a stomach bug and was not able to repeat a similar outcome. Caldwell swam a time of 2:08.99 to finish in sixth place.

Cochrane maintained his Pan Am form, capturing two bronze medals for Canada to add to his all-time tally of eight, which is the most in Canadian history. His first medal came in the 400-m, where he touched the wall in 3:44.59 to finish in third behind China’s Sun Yang and Great Britain’s James Guy. It was his first ever 400-m medal at the world championships.

Cochrane then wrapped up the competition with another bronze medal in the 1500-m freestyle. He finished the race in a time of 14:51.08 behind Italian swimmer Gregorio Paltrinieri and Connor Jaeger of USA. Managing to capture a medal for the fourth straight time in the 1500-m event at the Worlds, Cochrane joins Australia Grant Hackett in becoming one of only two athletes to accomplish this feat.

With competitions wrapped up, Canadian swimmers captured a total of four silver and four bronze medals at the Championships. With less than a year until the Rio 2016 Olympics, the swimmers will now look to qualifying for the world’s biggest sporting spectacle.

RESULTS

Men’s 10-km open
Richard Weinberger (8th, 1:50.19.9)
Eric Hedlin (56th, 1:56.52.3)

Women’s 200-m backstroke
Hilary Caldwell (6th, 2:08.99)

Men’s 400-m freestyle
Ryan Cochrane (Bronze, 3:44.59)

Men’s 1500-m freestyle
Ryan Cochrane (Bronze, 14:51.08)

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