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Today in Rio, Victoria’s Ryan Cochrane, a two-time Olympic medallist in swimming, competed in the 1500-metre event and finished in sixth position, which is well back of expectations. He had planned on a medal.
He finished in the time of 14:49.61 while the top three were Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy, who finished in the time of 14:34.57, American Connor Jaeger who came on late to finish second 14:39.48 and bronze medallist Gabriele Detti of Italy swam 14:40.86.
His personal best is from the London Olympic Games where he stopped the clock at 14:39.63. He gone as fast as 14:28.63 in the shorter 25-metre pool – the Olympic pools are 50-metres in length.
Both of those times are national records. He owns a total of five Canadian records in total, all in the freestyle event.
The 27-year-old told CBC that he was devastated. “It’s tough when you put your whole life into it for four years.”
Asked about the difference between London and Rio he was quick to credit the sport, “In London, there were just four or five guys that were at the top level, now there is eight or more.”
Cochrane lost his coach last year. Randy Bennett passed away from cancer, which he kept quiet about, he was his coach since he was 13.