Joshua Liendo sets Canadian record in the men’s 100 metre butterfly

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Joshua Liendo of Toronto, Ontario set the Canadian record in the men’s 100 metre butterfly on Sunday at the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials in Toronto. Liendo had a time of 50.06 seconds, which broke his old Canadian record time of 50.34 seconds which was set at the 2023 World Aquatics Championships in Fukuoka, Japan. Liendo won the silver medal at last year’s World Championships in the men’s 100 metre butterfly. The gold medal went to Maxime Grousset of France, who had a gold medal winning time of 50.14 seconds, which was .08 seconds slower than Liendo’s time at the Olympic Trials.

Twice Liendo set a Canadian record in Toronto this past week at the 2024 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials in Toronto. He also had a time of 21.48 seconds in the men’s 50 metre freestyle on Saturday.

One significant surprise from the 2024 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Swimming Trials in Toronto came in the men’s 200 metre backstroke on Thursday. That is because Blake Tierney of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan set the Canadian record with a time of 1:56.74. Markus Thormeyer of Newmarket, Ontario had the old Canadian record time of 1:56.96 set in the semifinals of the 2019 World Aquatics Championship in Gwangju, South Korea. The Canadian national records for Liendo and Tierney will give them confidence as they prepare for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. 

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