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Wilm’s double-gold highlights 5-medal day for Canada at Mare Nostrum Swim Tour

Canadian swimmers continued their medal-winning ways in Monaco on Sunday at final event of the Mare Nostrum Swim Tour, led by Ingrid Wilm’s double-gold performance.

The Calgary native acquired the women’s 100-metre backstroke and as the only swimmer to stop the clock in less than a minute. The 24-year-old posted a time of 59.83 seconds to edge Poland’s Adela Piskorska by 0.92 seconds.

Wilm topped the podium once again by defeating Czech swimmer Simona Kubova in the women’s 50m backstroke duel event.

The Canadian’s time of 27.37 was 0.97 seconds faster than her adversary, and secured her second gold medal of the day.

Mary-Sophie Harvey almost landed Canada’s third gold medal of the day, but had to settle for silver in the women’s 200m medley.

The Trois-Rivières, Que., native finished 0.46 seconds behind gold medallist Anastasia Gorbenko of Israel.

Calgary’s Lorne Wigginton, 17, finished the men’s 400m medley in 4:19.27 to grab bronze, edging France’s Emilien Mattenet by 3.4 seconds.

Japan’s Tomoyuki Matsushita (4:12.53) and Riku Yamaguchi (4:13.51) won gold and silver, respectively.

Not long after Wigginton’s medal win, another Canadian teenager made the podium in another long distance event. 

Emma O’Croinin captured bronze in the women’s 400m freestyle.

The 19-year-old Edmonton native swam to a time of 4:16.59, behind gold medalist Agostina Hein of Argentina (4:09.94) and Japan’s Ruka Takezawa (4:14.26).

In other Canadian results, Aiden Norman missed out on a podium by finishing fourth in the men’s 200m backstroke and James Dergousoff, of Christina Lake, B.C., was sixth in the men’s 100m backstroke.

Toronto’s Ruslan Gaziev finished eighth in the men’s 200m freestyle and Katerine Savard was sixth in the women’s 100-freestyle.

Five Canadians won medals in the competition on Saturday, with Savard striking gold, Harvey, Gaziev and Finlay Knox securing silver and Brooklyn Douthwright earning bronze.

Steve Carr

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