2022 FINA WORLD AQUATICS CHAMPIONSHIPS
- June 18-25, 2022 (pool swimming)
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On the 7th day of racing at the 2022 World Swimming Championships, Josh Liendo won 2 medals, bringing his total at this meet to 3. That makes Liendo the Canadian man with the most medals at a single World Championships meet.
Liendo’s first medal of the meet came in the 100 freestyle when he swam a 47.71 to take the bronze medal. On day 7 he started off with a 50.97 to take 100 butterfly bronze and then he contributed to Canada’s silver medal-winning mixed 4×100 freestyle relay.
Liendo, Javier Acevedo, Penny Oleksiak, and Kayla Sanchez delivered a 3:20.61 on the relay to break the national record and out-touch team USA for the silver medal. Australia was first overall with a 3:19.58 world record.
Now that he has won 3 medals at a single World Championships, he surpasses the former group of 9 Canadian men who have won 2 medals at a single edition of the meet. The list of men who have pulled off the feat of winning 2 medals at one World Champs begins with Bruce Robertson who won 100 butterfly gold and 4×100 medley bronze in 1973.
Most Medals Won By a Canadian in Swimming At A Single World Championships
|1973||Bruce Robertson (2)||Wendy Cook (1)|
|1975||No medalists||Nancy Garapick (2)|
|1978||Graham Smith (2)||Cheryl Gibson (2)|
|1982||Victor Davis (2)||Anne Ottenbrite (2)|
|1986||Victor Davis (2)||Allison Higson (1)|
|1991||Mark Tewksbury (1)||No medalists|
|1994||No medalists||No medalists|
|1998||Mark Versfeld (2)||No medalists|
|2001||No medalists||No medalists|
|2003||No medalists||No medalists|
|2005||Brent Hayden, Rick Say (2)||No medalists|
|2007||Brent Hayden (2)||No medalists|
|2009||Ryan Cochrane (2)||No medalists|
|2011||Ryan Cochrane (2)||Martha McCabe (1)|
|2013||Ryan Cochrane (2)||Hilary Caldwell (1)|
|2015||Ryan Cochrane (2)||Emily Overholt, Sandrine Mainville, Chantal van Landeghem (1)|
|2017||Yuri Kisil, Javier Acevedo (2)||Kylie Masse, Penny Oleksiak, Chantal van Lendeghem (2)|
|2019||No medalists||Kylie Masse, Taylor Ruck, Penny Oleksiak, Rebecca Smith, Maggie MacNeil (3)|
|2022 (Through Day 7)||Josh Liendo (3)||Summer McIntosh, Penny Oleksiak, Taylor Ruck, Kayla Sanchez (3)|
Ryan Cochrane managed to win 2 medals at 4-straight World Championships he won 2 medals in different combinations of the 400 free, 800 free, and 1500 free for 4 years but never landed on the podium in all 3 at a single World Championships. The closest that Cochrane came to getting 3 medals was in 2013 when he took silver in the 1500, bronze in the 800, and 4th in the 400 by just 0.17 seconds.
Ryan Cochrane World Championships Performances 2009 – 2015
|400 Freestyle||800 Freestyle||1500 Freestyle|
Cochrane has won the most World Championships medals of any Canadian man in history and is tied with Kylie Masse and Penny Oleksiak for the most from any Canadian with 8 medals total. As of day 7 of the World Championships, Masse and Oleksiak have each earned 8 medals.
Kylie Masse – All-time World Championships Medals
- Gold – 100 backstroke (2017)
- Gold – 100 backstroke (2019)
- Gold – 50 backstroke (2022)
- Silver – 100 backstroke (2022)
- Bronze – 4×100 mixed medley (2017)
- Bronze – 200 backstroke (2019)
- Bronze – 4×100 mixed medley (2019)
Penny Oleksiak – All-time World Championships Medals
- Silver – 4×100 freestyle (2022)
- Silver mixed 4×100 freestyle (2022)
- Bronze – mixed 4×100 freestyle (2017)
- Bronze – mixed 4×100 medley (2017)
- Bronze – 4×100 freestyle (2019)
- Bronze – 4×200 freestyle (2019)
- Bronze – 4×100 medley (2019)
- Bronze – 4×200 freestyle (2022)
While Liendo now had the most medals of any Canadian man at a single World Champs and Oleksiak and Masse are tied for #1 all-time, the records don’t stop there.
Summer McIntosh, Penny Oleksiak, Taylor Ruck, and Kayla Sanchez have all won 3 medals at the 2022 World Championships, which is tied for the most by a Canadian woman at a single World Champs. Kylie Masse, Maggie MacNeil, and Rebecca Smith also pulled off that feat in 2019 (as did Oleksiak and Ruck. That means that there are 7 women tied for that record.
Several of them will have a shot at winning their 4th on the last day of the meet as Summer McIntosh will race in the 400 IM and the other 6 could race the 4×100 medley relay. It’s conceivable that Masse, Oleksiak, Ruck, Smtih, and MacNeil, could all race the 4×100 medley between prelims and finals.
Finally, the Canadian delegation as a whole in 2022 has broken the record for most medals at a single World Championships meet. So far Canada has collected 9 medals at this meet, which is 1 more than the 8 medals they won at the 2019 edition. If McIntosh medals in the 400 IM on day 8 or Canada medals in the women’s 4×100 medley, the total could reach 10 or 11 for 2022.
- By picking up a silver medal in the 50 freestyle, Michael Andrew became the first man to win medals in three different 50s at a single World Championships. He swam a 21.41 to place second in the final to Ben Proud. You can read more about Andrew’s record-breaking medal haul here.
- Another record-breaking performance medal-wise came from the queen of distance Katie Ledecky. Ledecky swam to victory in the women’s 800 freestyle, making her the first swimmer in history to win 5 straight titles in a single event. You can read more about Ledecky’s 5-peat here. In that final, Ledecky’s teammate Leah Smith finished just off the podium with an 8:20.04
- USA’s Claire Curzan and Torri Huske went 5-6 in the women’s 50 butterfly, hitting times of 25.43 and 25.45, respectively. Torri Huske followed that swim up with a 24.63 in the 50 free semi-final to qualify for finals in 7th place. Erika Brown also made the final, hitting a 24.59 for 4th.
- Lilly King made it into her 3rd final of the meet by swimming a 30.35 in the 50 breaststroke semi-final to advance in the 8th position.
- Michael Andrew swam in his second final of the night in the men’s 100 butterfly, posting a 51.11 for 4th place.
- In the women’s 200 backstroke, the American duo of Phoebe Bacon and Rhyan White got onto the podium, hitting a 2:05.12 and 2:06.96 for silver and bronze, respectively. Kylie Masse of Canada placed 5th with a 2:08.00.
- In the 50 backstroke semi-finals, Justin Ress qualified in the #1 spot with a 24.14 while world record-holder Hunter Armstrong was #2 with a 24.16.
- To close out the session, Canada and the USA both landed on the podium in the mixed 4×100 freestyle relay. Canada took silver to Australia with a 3:20.61 and the USA placed third to take bronze with a 3:21.09.
- Josh Liendo contributed to two national record-breaking swims on day 7 for Canada. He first lowered the 50 freestyle mark to a 21.61 during the final of that event. That was just 0.02 seconds faster than his own previous mark of 21.63.
- Then he swam on Canada’s mixed 4×100 freestyle relay, which earned a silver medal and down the national record with a 3:20.61. He, Javier Acevedo, Penny Oleksiak, and Kayla Sanchez, took out the 3:22.54 NR held by Markus Thormeyer, Yuri Kisil, Taylor Ruck, and Oleksiak from 2019.
NORTH AMERICAN MEDAL TABLE THROUGH DAY 6: