Swimming: Canada's mixed 4x100m freestyle team break world junior record

Canada's mixed 4 by 100m freestyle relay team broke the world record at the 5th Fina World Junior Swimming Championships on the way to the gold on Aug 27, 2015.
Canada's mixed 4 by 100m freestyle relay team broke the world record at the 5th Fina World Junior Swimming Championships on the way to the gold on Aug 27, 2015.ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

SINGAPORE - Spectators at the Fina World Junior Championships who stayed till the last race of the evening on Thursday were rewarded for their patience, as Canada's mixed 4x100m freestyle team produced a world-record swim to earn Canada their second gold of the day.

Canadians Javier Acevedo, Markus Thoemwywe, Penny Oleksiak and Taylor Ruck clocked 3min 27.71sec to overtake the previous record of 3:28.74 set by Australia in 2013.

Ruck Taylor had won Canada's first gold of the meet earlier in the day in the women's 100m freestyle in a championship record of 53.92sec.

However, Australia remains at the top of the medal table with five golds on Day 3 of the six-day meet at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

Australian Minna Atherton, who broke the world junior record in the 100m backstroke on Wednesday, continued her fine form by winning the women's 200m backstroke in a championship record of 2:09.11 - 0.33sec ahead of China's second-placed Liu Yaxin. It was Australia's only gold of the day.

Team Singapore's Hoong En Qi, who was the first Singaporean to make it to the semi-final in this edition, finished the women's 50m butterfly 13th out of the 16 swimmers in 27.32sec. She did not qualify for the final.

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