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Canada wins two bronze medals at Grand Prix swimming event

Ryan Cochrane, an Olympic bronze medal winner in the 1500m freestyle in Beijing, China in 2008, rests between sets as he prepares to compete in this years the summer Olympics in London,UK during a training session at the Saanich Commonwealth Place near Victoria,BC.

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Victoria's Ryan Cochrane and the men's 4x100-metre freestyle relay topped Canada's performances by Olympians in the pool Friday with third-place finishes at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix.

Olympic and world champion Park Tae-Hwan of South Korea won the men's 400-metre freestyle with a time of three minutes 44.96 seconds. Australia's Ryan Napoleon was second in 3:49.79, with Cochrane third in 3:50.56.

In the men's 4x100-metre freestyle relay, Japan won the gold in 3:21.52, Australia was second in 3:22.27 and Canada third in 3:24.41. The Canadian team included Joe Bartoch of London, Ont., Colin Russell of Burlington, Ont., Richard Hortness of Medicine Hat, Alta., and Victoria's Blake Worsley.

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In other men's finals, Scott Dickens of Ancaster, Ont., came within 0.05 seconds of reaching the podium, placing fourth in the 200-metre breaststroke with a time of 2:14.40. Russell was seventh in the 100-metre freestyle.

In women's finals, the Canadian team of Julia Wilkinson of Stratford, Ont., Amanda Reason of Windsor, Ont., Calgary's Erica Morningstar and Stephanie Horner of Beaconsfield, Que., was fourth in the 4x100-metre freestyle relay.

Wilkinson was also fifth in the 100-metre freestyle, while Vancouver's Savannah King and Victoria's Alexa Komarnycky were fifth and sixth in the 400-metre freestyle.

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