Maggie Mac Neil anchors blended relay workforce to gold as Canadian swimmers add to medal haul

Published:Nov 24, 202319:38
Maggie Mac Neil anchors blended relay workforce to gold as Canadian swimmers add to medal haul

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates Olympic champion Maggie Mac Neil supplied the ultimate kick in an anchor leg that propelled Canada to gold within the blended 4x50-metre blended relay on the world short-course swimming championships on Friday.

Mac Neil, who received three medals, together with gold, on the Tokyo Olympics, reeled in two swimmers on the ultimate leg as Canada clocked a nationwide report of 1 minute 28.55 seconds.

She was joined atop the rostrum by teammates Josh Liendo, Yuri Kisil and Kayla Sanchez, whereas Rebecca Smith and Katerine Savard, who swam within the heats of the relay, additionally obtain gold medals.

Mac Neil stated the win was redemption after a gradual relay trade between her and Sanchez left Canada 0.13 seconds out of a medal within the girls’s 4x50 medley relay earlier within the competitors.

“I knew there were a lot of things I needed to fix after the medley relay final and with an outside lane I knew we had a pretty good shot. It was all about putting together a perfect race,” she stated.

Kyle Masse additionally added to Canada’s medal haul on Friday by successful silver within the girls’s 100-metre backstroke with a Canadian report time of 55.22 seconds. Louise Hansson of Sweden earned gold in 50.20, whereas Katharine Berkoff of the U.S. claimed bronze in 55.40.

“I’m really pleased with it,” stated Masse, a triple medallist in Tokyo. “It was a best time by a long shot, I haven’t been that fast in a while. It was a super tight finish, Louise is a great swimmer and to be super close to her at a worlds is amazing.”

Masse’s silver was the fifth medal for Canada on the occasion, which runs by way of Tuesday.

The short-course championships is in a 25-metre pool, versus Olympic or world aquatic championship competitors, which is in a 50-metre pool.

Joshua Liendo Edwards, Yuri Kisil, Kayla Sanchez and Margaret Macneil of Canada celebrate victory in the mixed 4x50-metre freestyle relay final during day two of the FINA world short-course swimming championships in Abu Dhabi.
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