Winnipeg – Alberta’s Cole Pratt won gold and Ontario’s Joshua Liendo took silver as the pair went head-to-head in tonight’s boys 200-m butterfly at the Pan Am Pool in Winnipeg.
Pratt posted a time of 2:03.42 while Liendo came in at 2:03.68 in a tightly contested finish at the wall. Both swimmers clocked in under the Canadian age group record (13-14) time of 2:05.20.
“Going into the 200 fly, I wanted to win and get the record though I wasn’t expecting to go that fast,” said Pratt. “If I was under 2:05, I would have been happy so 2:03 is really good for me.”
Ontario’s Gabe Mastromatteo swam a Canada Games record time of 28.76 in the boys 50-m breaststroke during Tuesday’s preliminary session. Mastromatteo followed up his morning performance with a strong final to win the gold medal.
Mastromatteo is a member of the national team that will be heading to Indianapolis later this month for the FINA World Junior Championships.
The finish of the girls 4×50-m freestyle relay was among the most memorable moments of the night as Team Ontario touched ahead of BC and Quebec. All three medal winners were separated by 0.12 seconds, but Ontario finished ahead of the field in 1:47.47 as the crowd buzzed with excitement.
The Ontario boys’ team followed up their female teammates’ performance in the 4×50-m freestyle relay with a gold of their own as they posted a time of 1:36.42. Quebec placed second and BC third.
BC’s Tyler Wall won his second gold medal in as many nights with his victory in the boys 100-m freestyle with a time of 52.36.
In the girls 100 free, Manitoba’s Oksana Chaput took home top honours in 57.47. She was trailed by Hanna Henderson of Ontario who claimed her second individual silver of the night.
Additional gold medalists from the night include Avery Wiseman in the girls 50-m breaststroke, Lora Willar in the girls 200-m butterfly, Bailey Herbert in the girls 400-m IM and Graysen Bernard in the boys 400 IM.
In Para-swimming multi-class action, gold medal winners in the 100-m freestyle include Tyson MacDonald and Angela Marina, who now each have two gold medals in two nights.
Jesse Shade from British Columbia earned the gold medal in the 50 and 100-m freestyle in the Special Olympics male category. On the female side, Quinlan Roberts from Manitoba took home gold in the 100 free while Sam Currie won the 50 free.
The Canada Summer Games continue through Saturday at the Pan Am Pool and are being webcast HERE.
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Full results from the first second of action are available online at the following LINK.