2016 SHORT COURSE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
- December 6th – December 11th, 2016
- Windsor, Ontario, Canada
- WFCU Centre
- SCM (25m)
- Prelims: 9:30 AM EST/Finals: 6:30 PM EST
- Start Lists/Results
- Live Stream ($)
It was a long wait, but the host Canadians finally got their gold medal at the Short Course World Championships. After a disappointing disqualification on day 1 in the 4×100 free relay, where they would’ve won silver, the Canadian women pulled together to smash the existing National Record by over 11 seconds and scare the World Record in the 4×200 free relay en route to gold.
They put up a time of 7:33.89, destroying the 2009 record of 7:45.04 and nearly coming within a second of the existing World Record, which stands at 7:32.85. The World Record is held by the Netherlands, set at the 2014 Championships in Doha.
After the relay disqualification and Penny Oleksiak‘s 3rd place finish in the 100 freestyle, this was their best shot at a gold medal. Katerine Savard led them off in 1:55.53, and then a massive leg from Taylor Ruck in 1:51.69 moved them into the lead. Kennedy Goss (1:54.62) and Oleksiak (1:52.05) finished the job. Ruck and Oleksiak had the two fastest splits in the field.
The Americans posed the biggest threat, but they fell off over the last 300m and took silver in 7:38.65. Bronze went to Russia in 7:39.93.