Canada has never enjoyed much international success in the men's 1,500
freestyle but Andrew Hurd shows plenty of potential. At the Olympic
trials, Hurd clocked 15 minutes and 12.70 seconds- a national age group
record by 12 seconds and a personal best by 18 seconds- to beat the Olympic
qualifying standard of 15:26.05. For three-quarters of the race he was on
pace to break the 15:12.63 national mark set by Harry Taylor of Edmonton in
At 17, Hurd is still developing physically and specializes in an event
where traditionally the top swimmers are in their mid-twenties. But he is
already a two-time Canadian champion, placed seventh against the American
and Australian sharks at the Pan Pacific Championships last year and even
won a bronze at the World Cup stop in Edmonton last fall.
Men's 1,500-metre freestyle: Andrew Hurd, Oakville, Ont., finished seventh in heat, eliminated.
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