Joshua Liendo's turn to impress

Joshua Liendo’s turn to impress


Joshua Liendo stood on the podium twice Friday at the FINA World Championships, including Canada's first medal in the men's 100-metre butterfly in 49 years in Budapest, Hungary. 

The 19-year-old swimmer, the youngest in this final, won bronze with a time of 50.97 seconds. The Japanese Naoki Mizunuma finished only three hundredths of a second faster than the Ontarian. The victory went to the local favorite, Kristof Milak (50.14 s).   

Seventh at the turn, Liendo worked hard to obtain his bronze decoration, the first of the Canada in this long course event since Bruce Robertson's gold in 1973 at the World Aquatic Championships.

The young man also finished fifth in the 50m freestyle, still lowering his own record Canadian with a time of 21.62 s.

Liendo, Javier Acevedo, Kayla Sanchez and Penny Oleksiak provided a silver medal in the mixed 4 x 100-meter freestyle relay. The Canadians finished just ahead of the Americans, but behind the Australians, authors of a new world record in 3 min 19.38 s.

In the end, the Franco-Ontarian Kylie Masse had to settle for of fifth place in the final of the 200 meters backstroke.