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Canada's MacLean swims to bronze at Commonwealth Games

The Canadian Press
7/28/2014 3:09:29 PM
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GLASGOW -- Canadian swimmer Brittany MacLean has captured a bronze medal in the women's 800-metre freestyle at the Commonwealth Games.

It's the second medal for the 20-year-old Toronto native, who helped Canada to silver in the 4x200-metre free relay on Saturday.

She finished in eight minutes 20.91 seconds Monday, shattering the Canadian record she set at the trials in the spring by four seconds.

"I was just really looking towards to getting a medal," she said. "I had so much fun getting the silver the other night with the relay team, but I really wanted to do one also individually. I have so much support here with teammates, coaches, my family's here also ... I knew I was capable of a really good swim. I've been working hard all year. I just wanted to put it together when it mattered."

Jazz Carlin of Wales won the gold in 8:18.11 to set a Commonwealth Games record, while New Zealand's Lauren Boyle was second in 8:20.59.

MacLean, who finished fifth in Thursday's 200-metre freestyle and will race in the 400-metre freestyle on Tuesday, said smashing the Canadian record by such a wide margin didn't come as a complete shock.

"I wouldn't have told you that I was necessarily going to go that fast but knew that it was possible," she said. "You have to believe in yourself just as strongly as you believe in your training and believe in everything you've done. I went in here with the mindset that I was capable of racing those girls and I think I put a good fight. I'll take bronze, definitely."

Brittany MacLean  (Photo: The Canadian Press)


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