Fri, September 20, 2013

Swimmer Martha McCabe is on a mission

By ROB LONGLEY, QMI Ageny



LONDON - If Brent Hayden can do it, why not Martha McCabe?

Minutes after Hayden won Canada’s first swimming medal of these Games, the Toronto native swam for her chance at another and on Thursday night will get the chance.

McCabe, the bronze medallist at last year’s world championship, finished fourth in her 200-metre breaststroke semifinal and qualified seventh for the medal race. The pair are two of the athletes Swimming Canada targetted as having medal potential here as they aim to get multiple medals in the pool for the first time since 1996.

The top hope coming in was distance swimmer Ryan Cochrane, who will compete in the 1,500-metre freestyle heats Friday leading to Saturday’s final.

McCabe’s bronze last year in Shanghai, which provided her with an automatic berth for London, also gave her the confidence to come into the Olympics and challenge for a medal.

And if the high five McCabe gave Hayden as she walked through the media interview area after her race is any indication, the 22-year-old is on a mission.