|Ryan Cochrane competes in the men's 1500m freestyle heats at the World Championships in Shanghai on Saturday, July 30, 2011. (REUTERS/David Gray)
SHANGHAI -- Canada came up empty in the pool on Saturday, while Ryan Cochrane hopes to add another medal at the World Aquatic Championships.
The Victoria native earned himself a spot in the men's 1,500-metre freestyle final following Saturday's preliminaries, finishing fifth to stay in contention for a second medal. Earlier this week he won the silver in the 800-metre freestyle.
"I'm happy to get in the final and I think it'll be that much better hearing the crowd and being in the excitement of a final," said Cochrane. "It was a lot more painful than I expected but it is day seven in the morning."
Meanwhile, Canada was disqualified in the women's 4X100 medley relay final when breaststroker Jillian Tyler of Calgary did a double fly kick off the wall on the turn. You are only allowed one kick.
The Canadian team, which included Sinead Russell of Oakville, Ont., Katerine Savard of Quebec City and Julia Wilkinson of Stratford, Ont., had finished the race in sixth place.
"We are disappointed because we really wanted that top-six finish," said Pierre Lafontaine, Swimming Canada's CEO and head coach. "We had finished ahead of Britain, one of our big rivals, for the first time in many years in the event. The good news is the prelim time still stands in the world rankings as the seventh best in the world this year."
Canadians in action in Sunday's preliminaries are Andrew Ford of Guelph, Ont., in the men's 400-metre IM, Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., and Alexandra Komarnycky of Victoria in the women's 400-metre IM and Canada is in the second of three heats in the men's 4X100 medley relay.