Commonwealth Games: Kelowna’s Ruck strikes gold with 8th medal

17-year-old Taylor Ruck wins gold in the 200 m freestyle (The Commonwealth Games)

Kelowna, BC’s Taylor Ruck has won gold in the 200m freestyle. This was her 8th medal at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Australia.

The 17 year-old broke a 52 year-old record as the most decorated Canadian female athlete at a single Commonwealth games. She surpassed Elaine Tanner who swam her way to seven medals in 1966.

Ruck, who swims out of the High Performance Centre in Ontario, lowered her personal best time from 1:56 to 1:54 in the freestyle event.

 

 

She narrowly edged out Australia’s Ariarne Titmus by four one-hundredths of a second.

‘’I saw Ariarne coming up and I thought she’d won when the race was over,’’ said Ruck. ‘’Then I looked up at the board… I don’t think I’ve processed it yet. In the last 50 I knew I had to keep my head down and try and not breathe. I knew I was being chased.’’

Canada’s High Performance Director John Atkinson sensed the race would be a close one.

‘’We knew the Australian was going to have a strong finish,’’ he said. ‘’Taylor managed to keep her stroke rate up at the end of the race. To drop her personal best from 1:56 to 1:54 is a tremendous effort and shows what she is capable of.’’

Ruck’s gold medal victory tied her with 3 other swimmers who have won 8 medals at a single Commonwealth Games. Canada now in 3rd with 44 medals at this year’s Commonwealth Games, trailing only host Australia with 130 and England with 74.

Taylor Ruck, left. (Instagram/@taylor.ruck)

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