McCabe swims to breaststroke bronze

Martha McCabe looks up at the scoreboard after competing in the women's 200m breaststroke final at...

Martha McCabe looks up at the scoreboard after competing in the women's 200m breaststroke final at the World Championships in Shanghai on Friday, July 29, 2011. (REUTERS/David Gray)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:37 AM ET

SHANGHAI -– Canada added another swimming medal on Friday as Martha McCabe of Vancouver won the bronze in the women's 200-metre breaststroke final at the World Championships.

It was the country's third medal of the competition after Ryan Cochrane and Brent Hayden both took silver in the 800-metre freestyle and 100-metre freestyle respectively this week.

American Rebecca Soni took the gold in 2:21.47, with Yuliya Efimova of Russia second at 2:22.22 and McCabe third at 2:24.81. Vancouver's Annamay Pierse finished eighth in 2:27.00.

"I'm excited and ecstatic," said McCabe. "It's a pretty important result one year out of the Olympics but I know this event will only get faster so I can't step back by any means."

The 21-year-old came to the worlds with high expectations.

"My goal was a top-five but after the semis I knew a medal was possible," she said. "My coach told me to focus on my third 50 and that's what I did. Heading into the wall, I didn't know where I was but I finished strong."

The Toronto native said a key to her success is training everyday with Pierse, the current world record holder.

"That keeps me on my toes," she said.


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