Cochrane, Hayden win 2nd golds at CWG

BOB MACKIN, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:09 AM ET

DELHI, India -- The winner of Canada’s first 2010 Commonwealth Games gold medal stood atop the podium again Saturday on the last day of the swim meet at Dr. S.P. Mukherjee Aquatics Complex.

Victoria’s Ryan Cochrane won his 1,500 metre specialty in 15 minutes, 1.26 seconds, becoming the first Canadian to be Commonwealth champion in the distance.

“It didn't feel like the perfect race but today was all about peaking at the right time,” said Cochrane, a 2008 Olympic bronze medallist in 1,500 m. “It's an amazing feeling."

Cochrane also won 400 m freestyle gold on Monday.

Teammate Brent Hayden also completed his gold medal pair on Saturday. The 100 m freestyle champion from Mission, B.C. took the 50 m freestyle in 22.01 seconds. Hayden set Commonwealth records both times.

“I am not swimming for fame, I am doing it to represent Canada,” Hayden said. “And to win two gold medals here is beyond belief.”

Benoit Huot of Longeuil, Que., set a Commonwealth record to win the Para sport men’s 100 m freestyle in 53.7 seconds.

World 200 m breaststroke record-holder Annamay Pierse of Edmonton salvaged her Games appearance with a bronze medal in the women’s 4 x 100 m medley relay.

"I am so relieved,” said Pierse, who trains in Vancouver. “It was such a disappointing meet for me.”

bob.mackin@sunmedia.ca


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