WATCH: Yuri Kisil Accomplishes Childhood Dream Of Olympic Berth

Yuri Kisil finished second in the 100m freestyle last night to Santo Condorelli, dipping under the FINA ‘A’ qualifying time in order to punch in his ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

After his prelim swim of 48.58, it looked as though Kisil was a lock to make the Olympic squad. In finals, Kisil was out fast, and came home to clock in for the second time that day a 48.58 100m freestyle.

The time ranks Kisil 19th in the world this season.

Kisil is coming off a breakthrough 2014-15 season where he picked up four international medals; three at the 2015 Pan American Games and one at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Kisil was a staple swimmer on the Canadian relays at Pan Ams, taking home a silver as part of the 4x100m freestyle relay and bronze as a member of the 4×200 free relay and 4×100 medley relay.

At the 2015 World Championships he took home a bronze as a member of the 4x100m mixed freestyle relay along with Santo Condorelli, Sandrine Mainville, and Chantal Van Landeghem.

With his 100m performance from Trials, Kisil will once again be swimming on Canada’s 4×100 freestyle relay with Condorelli, and now Markus Thormeyer and Evan Van Moerkerke.

Kisil will be swimming in his last individual event, the 50m freestyle, this Sunday.


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Mitch Bowmile

Mitch Bowmile is a former Canadian age group swimmer who was forced to end his career early due to a labrum tear in his hip and a torn rotator cuff after being recognized as one of the top 50 breaststrokers his age in Canada. He competed successfully at both age …

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