Ryan Cochrane strikes Commonwealth gold in pool

Canada's Ryan Cochrane poses with the gold medal he won in the men's 400m Freestyle at the 2014...

Canada's Ryan Cochrane poses with the gold medal he won in the men's 400m Freestyle at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, July 24, 2014. (REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:04 PM ET

It's an exceedingly young and inexperienced swim team Canada brought to the Commonwealth Games. But on opening day, the old man led the way.

About six hours after Victoria's Kirstin Sweetland led the way with Canada's first medal of the day with a silver in triathlon, Victoria's Ryan Cochrane produced Canada's first gold of the Games in the 400 metre freestyle.

To complete the collection on opening day, the Canadian women's 4x100 freestyle relay team added a bronze.

And if that wasn't enough, a team gold came late in the evening in rhythmic gymnasics.

At 25, Cochrane is the veteran on the swim team which features eight of the 32 swimmers under the age of 20 and all but seven competing in their first Commonwealth Games. He'll be 28 for the Rio Olympics and figures Glasgow and the 2015 Pan-Am Games in Toronto will be his final go-round.


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