BUENOS AIRES – Finlay Knox of Okotoks, Alta., won Canada’s first swimming medal at the Youth Olympic Games on Monday night with the bronze in the men’s 200-m individual medley.
Tomoe Hvas of Norway won the gold medal in one minute and 59.58 seconds. Thomas Ceccon of Italy took the silver in 2:01.29 and Knox, seventh at the halfway point, surged to third in a personal best 2:01.91.
Knox is just the second male swimmer to ever win a medal for Canada at the Youth Olympics. Jeremy Bagshaw was the first in the 200-m freestyle in 2010.
Canadians were involved in three women finals.
In the 100-m backstroke, Daria Vaskina of Russia was first in 1:00.45 with Kaylee McKeown of Australia second in 1:00.58 and Rhyan White of the U.S. third in 1:00.60. Madison Broad of Chatham, Ont., bettered her time by 0.29 seconds in the final for fifth in 1:01.37, the fastest ever time for a Canadian at the Games.
In the 50-m breaststroke, Agne Seleikaite of Lithuania was the winner in 31.37 edging Chelsea Hodges of Australia in second at 31.42 and Tina Celik of Slovenia in third at 31.75. Nina Kucheran of Sudbury, Ont., was sixth in a personal best 32.06 and Avery Wiseman of Drayton Valley, Alta., eighth in 32.79. For Kucheran, she improved her seed ranking by 15 spots.
Canada was disqualified in the women’s 4X100 medley relay won by China in 4:05.18. On the relay for the Canadians were Broad, Kucheran, Wiseman and Kyla Leibel of Red Deer, Alta.
Leibel did advance to the finals in the 100-m freestyle placing seventh overall in the semifinals in 55.93, which bettered the previous best Canadian time at the Games by half a second.
Competition continues today.