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Canada wins bronze in the women's 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay at the World Championships

Canada wins bronze in the women's 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay at the World Championships
Catherine Savard (J.D. Lasica, Wikimedia Commons)

Team Canada won the bronze medal on Sunday in the women's 4×100-meter freestyle relay at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships held in Doha, Qatar. The Canadian team consists of Rebecca Smith of Red Deer, Alberta, Sarah Fournier of Cochrane, Alberta, Canadian Olympic bronze medalist Catherine Savard of Pont Rouge, Quebec, and Canadian Olympic silver medalist Taylor Rock of Kelowna, British Columbia. Savard won the bronze medal in the women's 4 x 200 meter freestyle at the Championships 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro Rock won the silver medal in the women's 4 x 100 meter freestyle at the 2020 Olympics in 2021.

Smith, Fournier, Savard and Ruck posted a time of 3:37.95. The Netherlands won the gold medal with a time of 3:36.61. Australia won the silver medal with a time of 3:36.93. Canada reached the podium by seven-tenths of a second over Poland, who finished fourth with a time of 3:38.65. Poland set a national record.

It was Canada's third medal at the 2024 World Aquatics Championships, but its first in an Olympic event. Jacqueline Simoneau of Montreal, Quebec won the gold medal in the women's individual free routine and the silver medal in the women's artistic swimming routine. Smith, Savard, Fournier and Rock's medals will give them confidence as they prepare for the tournament 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

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