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Canada’s Ryan Cochrane advances to men’s 1,500 freestyle final

Canada's Ryan Cochrane swims to a first place finish in heat 3 of the men's 1500-metre freestyle event during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre on Friday.

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Victoria's Ryan Cochrane is into the final of the men's 1,500 freestyle at the Olympic Games.

Cochrane easily won his heat and qualified third overall for Saturday's eight-man final.

China's Sun Yang was the fastest in preliminaries, followed by Oussama Mellouli from Tunisia.

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Cochrane won a bronze medal in the distance at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He's also been a silver medallist at the last two world championships.

Canada's men's medley relay team grabbed the last berth in Saturday's final.

Montreal's Victoria Poon advanced to the women's 50-metre freestyle semi-final.

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