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Liendo completes double-double, Oleksiak and Wog place fourth

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BUDAPEST, Hungary – Penny Oleksiak and Kelsey Wog posted fourth-place finishes while Joshua Liendo advanced to two finals to highlight Canadian performances Thursday at the FINA World Championships.

In the women’s 100-m freestyle, Mollie O’Callaghan of Australia was the winner in 52.67 followed by Sarah Sjoestroem of Sweden second in 52.80 and Torri Huske of the U.S. third in 52.92.

HPC-Ontario swimmers Oleksiak and Kayla Sanchez were fourth and sixth in 52.98 and 53.59.

‘’It’s a bit frustrating to get fourth again,’’ said Oleksiak, referring to her result at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. ‘’I missed another turn which is really annoying. But I put everything into it, so I can’t be too mad.’’

It was Sanchez’s first individual final at worlds in three appearances.

‘’I’m happy with the whole experience of my first final,’’ said Sanchez, a stalwart on Canada’s relay teams. ‘’It didn’t come out the way I wanted. I know I’m a 52 second freestyler but I have to learn to be patient and trust the process.’’

Olympic silver medallist Lilly King of the U.S. won the gold in the women’s 200-m breaststroke in 2:22.41, Jenna Strauch of Australia was second in 2:23.04 and Kate Douglass of the U.S. third in 2:23.20.

Wog was pleased with her performance clocking 2:23.86 and improving on her sixth place at the last worlds in 2019. She was sixth heading into the last length of Thursday’s final.

‘’Fourth is fourth but I’m really proud of my effort,’’ said Wog, from Winnipeg. ‘’I’ve been really focused on finishing strong and getting my stroke rate up on that last 50.’’

It was a busy day for Joshua Liendo who completed a double-double with two swims in the morning and two in the evening. After a bronze in the 100-m freestyle on Wednesday, Liendo advanced to the final ranking third in both the 100-m butterfly and 50-metre freestyle.

In the 50-free, Liendo clocked 21.72 and 21.73 in the prelims and semis. He heads to the final with Benjamin Proud of Great Britain seeded first at 21.42 and Lorenzo Zazzeri of Italy second at 21.70.

In the 100 fly he finished in 51.14 after a 50.97 for the second-best result in the morning preliminaries. Top seeds for the final are Olympic silver medallist Kristof Milak of Hungary at 50.14 and Naoki Mizunuma of Japan at 50.81.

‘’The 100 fly was a little tougher than I wanted it to be and the 50 free felt good,’’ said Liendo, 19, based at HPC-Ontario. ‘’I’m happy with both swims. I just tried to stay relaxed through the day. I’m ready (for both finals).’’

Kylie Masse, with gold in the 50-m backstroke and silver in the 100 back so far at these championships, goes for a third medal in the 200 back after qualifying sixth in both the prelims and semis in 2:09.37 and 2:09.23.

‘’Hopefully I can sneak in there and do a lot better tomorrow (Friday) in the final,’’ said Masse, based at HPC-Ontario. ‘’It’s a long meet doing all three backstrokes but I try to manage it all and reset for a new day.’’

Also in the semis, Katerine Savard of Montreal’s Club CAMO ranked 13th in the women’s 50 fly in 26.14 and does not advance.

‘’It was my fastest 50 fly since 2017,’’ said Savard, a three-time Olympian. ‘’The 50 is not my best event but it was fun.’’

In the preliminaries Canada was 11th in the men’s 4×200-m freestyle relay with Ruslan Gaziev, Finlay Knox, Jeremy Bagshaw and Patrick Hussey. Katrina Bellio of Mississauga, Ont., ranked 17th in the 800-m freestyle.

Canada has seven medals so far at the worlds with two gold, three silver and two bronze.

Action continues for the 27 Canadian pool swimmers until Saturday with preliminary heats at 3 a.m. ET / 12 a.m. PT. Finals start at 12p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT daily. All finals will be livestreamed on CBC Sports digital platforms: the free CBC Gem streaming service,, and the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices.

The world championships run through July 3, with open water swimming to follow the pool competition. Canada won eight medals in the pool (2 gold, six bronze) and one (bronze) in open water at the 2019 edition of the event in Gwangju, South Korea.

Full results: Competition Schedule | FINA Official