2016 MARE NOSTRUM TOUR – CANET EN ROUSSILLON
- Wednesday, June 8 – Thursday, June 9, 2016
- Canet en Roussillon, France
- Prelims: 9 AM Local Time / 3 AM Eastern Time
- A Finals: 6 PM Local Time / 12 PM Eastern Time
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Rising Canadian star Penny Oleksiak broke her own Junior World Record in the women’s 50 fly A final at the 2nd stop of the Mare Nostrum Series in Canet en Roussillon, France. Oleksiak clocked 25.93, eclipsing her previous mark of 25.97 set at the Arena Pro SwiM Series in Charlotte in May.
Jeanette Ottesen of Denmark won gold in a time of 25.50, and Therese Alshammar of Sweden won silver in 25.87. Rikako Ikee of Japan, who is also eligible to set Junior World Records and currently holds the 50 free, finished just behind Oleksiak in 4th at 25.97.
Oleksiak moves past Denmark’s Emilie Beckmann in the 2015-16 world rankings, but remains in 9th as Alshammar improved from 10th into a tie for 7th with American Dana Vollmer.
Oleksiak will compete at her first Olympic Games this summer in Rio after qualifying in the 100 free, 200 free and 100 fly. Along with the 50 fly, she also holds the Junior World Record in the 100 free.