Canadian Olympic Trials, Day 4 Prelims: Josh Liendo Blasts Morning 47.80 in 100 Freestyle

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Canadian Olympic Trials, Day 4 Prelims: Josh Liendo Blasts Morning 47.80 in 100 Freestyle

Wednesday morning, Josh Liendo set a time in the men’s 200 free that guarantees him a spot in the men’s 800 free relay. Thursday, he was in fast form before noon again.

Liendo went 47.80 in the morning to set the pace in prelims of the men’s 100 freestyle. That’s a quarter second off his best time of 47.55 from the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest in 2022. That may be in play at night, as is the Canadian record of 47.27 set by Brent Hayden at the Rome Worlds in 2009.

Women’s 400 individual medley

Summer McIntosh led the way with a no frills swim in the 400 IM, grabbing the top seed in 4:38.27. It’s an Olympic A cut for McIntosh, who holds the world record at 4:25.87.

The battle for a second spot, with the A cut of 4:38.53 and the B cut of 4:39.92 the target. Second in the morning was Mabel Zavaros in 4:42.41, followed by a pair of Tokyo Olympians struggling for form. Bailey Andison, who qualified for Tokyo in the 200 IM, was third in 4:43.86. Tessa Cieplucha, who swam the 400 IM three years ago, was fourth in 4:44.15. Teens Ella Jansen, Julie Brousseau and Sienna Angove followed.

Men’s 100 freestyle

Josh Liendo’s time of 47.80 was the only A cut, which is 48.34. Yuri Kisil finished second in 48.55. Finlay Knox put down a marker for his relay place in third in 49.11, followed by Patrick Hussey.

In the relay reckoning, a pair of all-arounders fell a little shy in prelims. Javier Acevedo was seventh in 49.32. Ilya Kharun was 11th in 49.75. Look for a move by Edouard Fullum-Huot at night after he finished sixth in prelims in 49.31. Canada has a 400 free relay to stock.

Women’s 200 backstroke

Off a stellar swim in the 100 back, Kylie Masse was again well ahead of the pack in the 200 back. Her time of 2:11.08 won by more than a second over Regan Rathwell. Bridge Burton was third. Fresh off her first Olympic berth, Ingrid Wilm finished eighth. The A cut is 2:10.39.

Mutli-Class 100 free

Aurelie Rivard set the pace in the women’s race with a time of 59.94 from the S10 swimmer.

Sebastian Massabie lowered his S4 100 free men’s record, going 1:23.88. He had been 1:24.85 last month in Portugal.

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18 days ago

What a pity that Summer isn’t swimming the 800m freestyle. She’d be in hot contention for Gold at Paris. Same applies to Australia’s Kaylee in the 400m IM.
Either way we’re in for some exciting races at the Olympics!

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