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Ryan Cochrane wins Canada's 1st Gold at the Commonwealth Games

Ryan Cochrane wins Canada's 1st Gold at the Commonwealth Games

Posted by Christian Miranda on July 24, 2014

Ryan Cochrane said before the Commonwealth Games it would be difficult to repeat his double-gold performance of four years ago.

The Canadian swimmer is already halfway there.

Cochrane powered past Australia's David McKeon on the final lap Thursday to win the men's 400-metre freestyle for Canada's first gold medal on the first day of competition at the Games.

The 25-year-old from Victoria broke his own Canadian record set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics by catching McKeon with just 25 metres to go.

"I could tell I was reeling him in, but you also don't know where everyone is in the pool," said Cochrane. "You have to pick your battles of where you look. There were some many great guys in that final that I was just happy to touch first."

 

Photo by: yourswimbook.com

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