Yannick Lupien would love nothing more than a repeat performance of the men's 100-metre freestyle at last year's Pan-Pacific Games.
At that meet, the 20-year-old became the first and only Canadian to swim the race under 50 seconds at 49.94, beating the best from Australia and the U.S.
The same result at the Olympic Games in Sydney would be so much sweeter. But Lupien knows it will be difficult to repeat such a performance.
The Aylmer native needs surgery on his knee, and undergoes physiotherapy to strengthen his ankles.
Lupien will undergo surgery to remove a birthmark on his knee following the Olympics, but for now he must swim through the pain.
The birthmark affects the blood flow in his leg.
The pain has hampered Lupien's ability to work on improving his times, but he says he won't use it as an excuse in Sydney.
In addition to the 100-metre freestyle, Lupien will swim in a pair of freestyle relays -- the 4x100 metres and 4x200 metres.
At one point, it appeared Lupien would only swim relay events. He failed to qualify for the Games in the 100 and owes his chance to Craig Hutchison.
Hutchison beat the 100-metre freestyle Olympic standard, but since he had already made the team, Canada could take a second swimmer who had met the standard within the past year.
-- LISA BURKE
-- Ottawa Sun
Men's 400-metre individual medley: Chris Renaud, Calgary; Morgan Knabe, Calgary; Shamek Pietucha, Edmonton, and Yannick Lupien, Ste-Foy, Que., were third in heat, advanced to final.
Men's 100-metre freestyle: Yannick Lupien, Ste-Foy, Que., was seventh in heat, eliminated.
Craig Hutchison, Pointe-Claire, Que.; Robbie Taylor, Brampton, Ont.; Rick Say, Salmon Arm; Yannick Lupien, Ste-Foy, Que., were fifth in heat, eliminated.
Canadians cheer on Yannick Lupien
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