Canadian Roundup: FINA worlds, weightlifting success and more
Canadian athletes dominated in the sand and on land over the weekend bringing home medals, breaking records and making history.
Here’s what went down.
Almost a week after she was unable to finish a final, Sydney Pickrem made a mid-race comeback to win bronze in the 400m individual medley at the 2017 FINA worlds on Sunday. Pickrem, the youngest competitor in the final at age 20, had a time of 4:32.88.
Team Canada also brought home bronze in the 4x100m freestyle relay on Saturday. The quartet of Yuri Kisil, Javier Acevedo, Chantal Van Landeghem and Penny Oleksiak combined for a Canadian record 3:23.55 to finish behind the United States, which posted a world record time of 3:19.60, and the Netherlands in 3:21.81.
Canadians won a total of four swimming at worlds in Budapest. Earlier in the week Kylie Masse broke the world record to win the 100m backstroke, Canada’s mixed 4x100m medley relay won also bronze.
Just missing the podium was the women’s 4×100-metre freestyle relay team in the final on Sunday. Oleksiak, Van Landeghem, Sandrine Mainville, and Kayla Sanchez finished fourth setting a Canadian record with a time of three minutes 33.88 seconds.
Two women made their mark for Team Canada this past weekend at the 2017 Pan American Championships in Miami, Florida. Maude Charon brought home a bronze medal in the 63kg with 215 points. Maire-Eve Beauchemin-Nadeau just missed the podium coming fourth in the 75kg with a total of 228 points.
Sarah Pavan and Melissa Humana-Paredes and were unstoppable during round-robin play at the FIVB world champions. The duo defeated China 2-0 (21-16, 21-13) on Monday to finish their pool undefeated. With their victory Pavan and Humana-Paredes are Canada’s first team to officially advanced to the knockout phase beginning on Wednesday August 2.