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Swimmer Annamay Pierse has truly become a world beater.
The UBC swimmer set a world short-course record Friday in the 200-metre breaststroke at the British Grand Prix swimming competition in Leeds, England.
It was Pierse’s second world record in the past eight days.
The Edmonton native’s time was two minutes 16.83 seconds, topping her previously world mark of 2:17.50 she set this past March in Toronto.
“It feels pretty awesome to get the record again,” said Pierse. “It was definitely a goal, especially after swimming so well at the world championships. I knew I could still go fast. The last 50 metres was the key part of my race. I was really strong, didn’t lose focus and pushed myself all the way to the end.”
Eight days ago at the world championships in Rome, Pierse, who trains in Vancouver, set the world long-course record.
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Ryan Cochrane of Victoria, B.C., earned his second medal of the world swimming championships on Sunday with a second-place finish in the men’s 1,500-metre freestyle event.
Cochrane was in and out of the lead during his 14 minute, 41.38 second swim before finally finishing second behind Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia, who finished in 14:37.28.
China’s Sun Yang took the bronze.
“It was unexpected by how, well, frankly how easy it was in the first half. That always feels good,” said Cochrane, who won bronze in the 1,500 at the Beijing Olympics.
“In Beijing last year it was a pretty hard final to make, so I knew it was going to hurt going into the finals and it did,” Cochrane said.
The pain was worth it as Cochrane, who also won bronze in the 800 on Wednesday, secured a third swimming medal for the national team and the country’s ninth medal overall at the event.
Vancouver’s Annamay Pierse earned silver in the women’s 200-metre breaststroke on Friday. Canada also won three diving medals, two in synchronized swimming and a silver in women’s water polo.
Canada’s Brent Hayden from Maple Ridge, B.C. gets ready to compete in the men’s 100-metre freestyle semi-final at the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
June 14, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Brent Hayden of Vancouver beat American superstar Michael Phelps to win the men’s 100-metre freestyle Sunday at the Santa Clara Grand Prix swimming competition.
Hayden led most of the race and clocked a meet record 48.44 seconds for the gold, giving him three medals in the competition. He also won silver in the 200 freestyle on Friday and bronze in the 50 freestyle on Saturday.
Phelps made a second half charge out of lane eight to win the silver in 48.87. Nathan Adrian of the U.S., was third in 48.94.
Hayden was ecstatic afterward.
“I was really excited,” said Hayden. “Michael is such a great competitor and every time I get up and race him it’s such an honour. I just wanted to get a fast time and 48.44 is my best ever in-season (training) time so of course I’m going to be excited.”