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Canada’s Audrey Lacroix swims to gold at Commonwealth Games

Canada's Audrey LaCroix poses with her gold medal in the women's 200m Butterfly at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, July 28, 2014.


Audrey Lacroix has won Canada's third swimming gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

The native of Pont-Rouge, Que., won the women's 200-metre butterfly with a time of two minutes 7.61 seconds.

Aimee Willmott of England was second in 2:08.07 while Australia's Maddie Groves captured bronze in 2:08.44.

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The 30-year-old Lacroix won silver in the 200 butterfly four years ago in New Delhi.

Lacroix joins fellow Canadian swimmers Ryan Cochrane and Katerine Savard atop the podium at these Games.

Meantime, Brittany MacLean won a bronze medal in the women's 800-metre freestyle Monday.

It's the second medal for the 20-year-old Toronto native, who helped Canada to silver in the 4x200-metre free relay on Saturday.

She finished in eight minutes 20.91 seconds Monday, shattering the Canadian record she set at the trials in the spring by four seconds.

"I was just really looking towards to getting a medal," she said. "I had so much fun getting the silver the other night with the relay team, but I really wanted to do one also individually. I have so much support here with teammates, coaches, my family's here also ... I knew I was capable of a really good swim. I've been working hard all year. I just wanted to put it together when it mattered."

Jazz Carlin of Wales won the gold in 8:18.11 to set a Commonwealth Games record, while New Zealand's Lauren Boyle was second in 8:20.59.

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MacLean, who finished fifth in Thursday's 200-metre freestyle and will race in the 400-metre freestyle on Tuesday, said smashing the Canadian record by such a wide margin didn't come as a complete shock.

"I wouldn't have told you that I was necessarily going to go that fast but knew that it was possible," she said. "You have to believe in yourself just as strongly as you believe in your training and believe in everything you've done. I went in here with the mindset that I was capable of racing those girls and I think I put a good fight. I'll take bronze, definitely."

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