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Canada's Katerine Savard competes in the women's 200m butterfly heats at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 27, 2011. (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS)
Canada's Katerine Savard competes in the women's 200m butterfly heats at the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai July 27, 2011. (DAVID GRAY/REUTERS)

London 2012

Canadian Savard wins gold in 100-metre butterfly on Mare Nostrum tour Add to ...

Katerine Savard of Pont-Rouge, Que., won the gold medal Saturday in the women’s 100-metre butterfly to open the third and final stop on the Mare Nostrum swimming circuit.

Savard clocked 58.89 seconds for the win with Britain’s Francesca Halsall second in 58.99 and Finland’s Emilia Pikkarainen third in 59.16. Vancouver’s Noemie Thomas was sixth in 1:00.20. It was Savard’s fifth medal on the tour and third gold.

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In the men’s 100-metre freestyle, Brent Hayden of Mission, B.C., was edged for the gold clocking 49.37 for second place while France’s Yannick Agnel was first in 49.14. Hayden has stepped on the podium in all of his five races on the tour so far.

“Brent didn’t have much in the tank tonight,” said Hayden’s coach Tom Johnson in a statement. “He wasn’t happy with the result today but overall it’s been a very good tour. We came here for some tough racing under tough conditions and that’s what we got.”

In the women’s 200-metre backstroke, Britain’s Lizzie Simmonds dominated the race winning in 2:09.10 with Sinead Russell of Burlington, Ont., second in 2:13.09 and Vancouver’s Lauren Lavigna fourth in 2:14.74.

In the men’s 200-metre individual medley, Toronto’s Tobias Oriwol took the bronze in 2:03.63 beating out Jake Tapp of Langley, B.C., who finished fourth in 2:03.81.

Montreal’s Barbara Jardin took third in the 200-metre freestyle in a tight race for the silver with France’s Charlotte Bonnet. Camille Muffatt of France produced a meet record in victory. Jardin is also up to five medals this week.

Charles Francis of Cowansville, Que., was fourth in the men’s 100-metre backstroke.

Savard, Hayden, Russell, Oriwol, Jardin and Francis are all Olympic team nominees currently preparing for the London Games.