Fri, September 20, 2013

Canadian swimmer Ryan Cochrane pickpocketed

By BOB MACKIN, Special to QMI Agency


Canada's Ryan Cochrane takes a practice swim during the London 2012 Olympic Games, July 26, 2012. (TIM WIMBORNE/Reuters)


LONDON - Canadian swimmer Ryan Cochrane has had better weeks, but he is still focused on going for the gold Friday.

Cochrane, 23, was bumped out of the 400-metre freestyle final Saturday when defending gold medallist South Korean Park Tae-hwan was disqualified for a false start, but later reinstated.

On Wednesday, Cochrane tweeted that he was pickpocketed on his way home.

"There's an upside though: he wasn't very good and a bunch of people caught him."

"A group of good Samaritans stopped him and he surrendered the stolen iPod. Ryan was thankful to the group," said Swimming Canada spokesman Martin Richard. "It happened on the way back to his hotel, off Olympic grounds."

Cochrane is unavailable for an interview before he swims the 1,500-metre freestyle Friday, according to Richard. Cochrane had a bronze in the event at Beijing 2008.