Canada added three medals to its total at the 6th FINA World Junior Championships, the same Championships that Bermuda’s Madelyn Moore and Jesse Washington have been competing in and reported on by www.islandstats.com in Indianapolis.
An email sent to all media has now highlighted a young lady Jade Hannah, who was born in Bermuda but now represents Canada.
The women’s 4×100m Medley Relay put an exclamation point on Day 6 of the meet for Canada, which finished with a national record 15 medals, behind only the host Team USA.
The team of Hannah, Faith Knelson, Penny Oleksiak and Taylor Ruck won Canada’s fifth relay gold of the competition in a world junior record 3:58.38. The women won all three relays, and contributed to wins in the two mixed relays, all in world junior record times.
Hannah and Knelson set the table for Rio 2016 Olympian’s Oleksiak and Ruck, with backstroker Hannah leading off in fourth. Knelson’s breaststroke leg moved Canada up to second place with a 2.26-second gap behind Team USA when Oleksiak entered the water. The Rio silver medallist in the 100-m butterfly shaved that down to .51 seconds. Ruck’s freestyle put Canada into the lead by .19 seconds at the turn and she held on for the win ahead of Team USA’s 3:59.19. Japan took bronze in 3:59.97 as all three medal nations went under the previous record.
“It was a great experience all in all, definitely a lot of exposure to things that I haven’t experienced before, so having everything like that has been a great experience,” Hannah added.