CANET-EN-ROUSILLON, France – Rio Olympics hero Penny Oleksiak of the High Performance Centre-Ontario in Toronto grabbed one of Canada’s three bronze medals earned on Saturday at the third and final stop on the Mare Nostrum swimming circuit.
In the women’s 100-m butterfly, Olympic champion Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden won the gold medal in 55.76 seconds with An Sehyeon of South Korea second in 57.28 and Oleksiak, the silver medallist in Rio, third in 57.32.
Oleksiak, a quadruple medallist in Rio, improved on her 57.65 swam this past Tuesday at the stop in Barcelona. Rebecca Smith of Red Deer, Alta., was fourth in 58.11.
In the women’s 200-m backstroke, reigning world champion Emily Seebohm of Australia was the winner in 2:06.66 with Daria Ustinova of Russia second in 2:08.7 and Canada’s Taylor Ruck, also from HPC-Ontario was third in 2:09.54.
In the women’s 200-m individual medley, Olympic champ Katinka Hosszu of Hungary won in 2:11.16, Hiroko Makino of Japan was second in 2:12.34 and Ottawa’s Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson, now based at HPC-Vancouver, notched the bronze in 2:13.07.
Other Canadian results: Richard Funk of Edmonton was fourth in the 100-m breaststroke; Sandrine Mainville of Montreal was sixth in the 50-m freestyle and Rob Hill of North Vancouver and Brian Palaschuk of Regina were seventh in the 200-m backstroke and 400-m IM.
Competition ends Sunday.