Sydney Pickrem Exits Pool After Fly Leg In Women’s 200 IM Final


Canada’s Sydney Pickrem was a prime medal contender heading into the women’s 200 IM final on day 2 in Budapest. Fresh off a Canadian National Record in the semi-finals, Pickrem was seeded 3rd behind two-time defending champion Katinka Hosszu and American Melanie Margalis.

Hosszu was almost a certainty to win on her home soil, but the minor medals were largely up for grabs.

On the fly leg Pickrem was clearly in 8th position, but that wasn’t a surprise as she’s much stronger on the other three strokes. She was the slowest of the eight finalists in the semis on the fly leg as well.

However, after finishing 50 metres, Pickrem stopped swimming. She hit the wall, and proceeded to get out of the pool. Watch a video via Radio-Canada Sports on Twitter:

Hosszu went onto win gold in 2:07.00, much to the delight of the home crowd. Japan’s Yui Ohashi won silver from lane 8, registering a new national record in 2:07.91. American Madisyn Cox won bronze.

Swimming Canada has tweeted out saying Pickrem is fine and working with Team Canada staff & coaches.

We have reached out to Swimming Canada and Texas A&M for an official word on the incident, but have not heard back.

Update: According to Anson Henry on Twitter, Pickrem ‘caught water’ at the turn (aka swallowed water), which made her unable to continue.

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3 years ago

First off, hope Pickrem is okay… Also, is there any video footage of this race that is not geoblocked in the US?

Reply to  urahrah
3 years ago

urahrah – there are dozens of rights holders across the country. We’ll have videos up shortly that is viewable in Canada, if that’s what you’re looking for.

Reply to  Braden Keith
3 years ago

I think he wants something viewable in the US. The link given in the story comes up with “The media could not be played.” for me

Ab Ramirez
Reply to  urahrah
3 years ago
phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  Ab Ramirez
3 years ago

This is also a great link to other videos from the meet. Thanks!

3 years ago

According to this tweet Pickrem caught water at the 50m turn – tough break:

@ansonhenry: For those wondering about @sydneypickrem, she caught some water on the turn at 50m could not continue. She is fine tho. #FINABudapest2017

3 years ago

The British commentators didn’t even notice, they were questioning why she was a no show to the final ?

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Pombear
3 years ago

That’s what Rowdy said first, too, but the play-by-play guy caught it.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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