EILAT, Israel – Canada’s Kate Sanderson took eighth spot in the women’s 18-19 age group 10 kilometre race on Friday at the 38-country FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships.
Paula Ruiz Bravo of Spain took the gold medal in one hour and 57 minutes and 21.9 seconds. Maria Bramont-Arias of Peru was second in 1:57:24.2 and Reka Romacs of Hungary was third in 1:57:26.3.
Sanderson, a member of Canada’s Pan Pacific Championships team last month, clocked 1:59:11.9.
‘’It was good, I had fun and I learned a lot,’’ said the U.S. based Sanderson. ‘’It was an aggressive race which put me in a lot of tactical situations. I know now I can compete at this level and handle that much pain in a race.’’
Rosalie Davidson of Montreal was 23rd.
In the men’s 18-19 age group 10 km, Michael Brinegar won the gold in 1:49:55.5, Enzo Roldan Munoz of France was second in 1:49:55.7 and Kirill Dolgov of Russia third in 1:50:00.04.
Alexander Katelnikoff of Calgary was 21st and Nathan Beaudin-Bolduc of Quebec City 24th.
‘’I tried to keep myself in the top-eight,’’ said Katelnikoff. ‘’But I got stuck in the back in the lead pack, then it broke in two. Still I had no set goal, I just wanted to follow my own plan and not get frustrated.’’
Competition ends Saturday with the team relays.