Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Photo: THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Canada’s Olympic swimmers claim five Mare Nostrum medals in France

Rio 2016 swimmers Taylor Ruck, Erika Seltenreich- Hodgson and Penny Oleksiak, capped off the Mare Nostrum circuit, with a total of five medals in Canet-en-Rousillon, France.

Two-time Olympic medallist Taylor Ruck was able to add a silver in the 100m backstroke (1:00.46) to her bronze from Saturday. The Canadian finished between the event’s reigning world champion Emily Seebohm from Australia (59.57s) and Russia’s Daria Ustinova (1:00.55s).

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Seltenreich- Hodgson also claimed silver on Sunday, after she touched the wall in four minutes 39.64s. Seltenreich- Hodgson was only beat by three-time Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary who won in 4: 37.73s. Viktoria Gunes of Turkey went home with bronze (4:40.33).


Quadruple Olympic medallist Oleksiak one of Canada’s three bronze medals on Saturday. The 17-year-old finished third in 100m butterfly, touching the wall in 57.32s. Swedish Olympic champion Sarah Sjostrom won the event in 55.76s, while South Korea’s An Sehyeon came second in 57.28.

Canada’s Penny Oleksiak takes her start in the women’s 100 metre freestyle semi-final at the FINA world short-course swimming championships Wednesday, December 7, 2016 in Windsor, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Ruck – who was on both of Canada’s medal winning relay teams in Rio – finished third in the women’s 200m backstroke in a time of 2:09.54. Emily Seebohm, the defending world champion  from Australia won in 2:06.66, while Daria Ustinova of Russia was second in 2:08.7.

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Seltenreich- Hodgson’s bronze medal came from the 200m IM and with a time of 2:13.07. Once again the gold went to an Olympic champion, after Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu won in 2:11.16. The silver went to Japan’s Hiroko Makino in 2:12.34.

Taylor Ruck of Canada swims to take the bronze medal in the women’s 200 metre freestyle at the FINA World Short Course Championships Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in Windsor, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

With the final stop on the three event Mare Nostrum circuit in the books, Canada’s top swimmers will prepare for the FINA world championships next month in Budapest.