Canada wins bronze in mixed medley swimming relay at World Aquatics Championships

Richard Funk (Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada won its second swimming medal on Wednesday at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The Canadian team of Kylie Masse of LaSalle, Ontario, Richard Funk of Edmonton, Alberta, Penny Oleksiak of Toronto, Ontario and Yuri Kisil of Calgary, Alberta swam for Canada in the finals of the mixed medley swimming relay competition and helped Canada win the bronze medal with a national record time of three minutes, 41.25 seconds.

Canada tied China for the bronze medal. They were 0.31 seconds faster than Great Britain who finished in fifth place with a European record time of three minutes, 41.56 seconds.

The United States set a world record in winning the gold medal. Their historic time was three minutes, 38.56 seconds. Australia won the silver medal with a time of three minutes, 41.21 seconds.

Meanwhile, three other Canadian swimmers earned a bronze medal because they joined Funk in the heats. They were Javier Acevedo of Scarborough, Ontario, Chantal van Landeghem of Winnipeg, Manitoba and Rebecca Smith of Red Deer, Alberta.

This was Masse’s second medal at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships in Budapest in two days. On Tuesday she won the gold medal in the women’s 100m backstroke with a world record time of 58.10 seconds. Meanwhile, it was Oleksiak’s first ever world championship medal. Oleksiak was the biggest story for Canada at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro when she set a Canadian record for most medals at a single Summer Olympic Games with four. The mixed medley swimming relay competition will make its Olympic debut at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. 



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