Ryan Cochrane of Victoria, British Columbia has won Canada’s tenth medal of the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Cochrane won an Olympic silver medal Saturday in the men’s 1500m freestyle swimming competition Saturday. Team Canada now has won one gold medal, three silver medals and six bronze medals.
Cochrane posted a time of 14:39.63, over three seconds faster than when he won his bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Cochrane also swam faster than the defending Olympic gold medallist, Oussama Melloulli of Tunisia, who at 14:40.31, won a bronze medal, and was 0.53 seconds faster today than when he was the Olympic champion.
The story however belonged to China’s Yang Sun, who broke his own world record time. Sun won Olympic gold by posting a time of 14:31.02.
But the question is should Sun should have been able to compete at all? Sun false started, but according to CTV, was allowed to compete after he explained to organizers that he heard a noise in the crowd.
Sun was extremely fortunate to be allowed to continue to repeat, because he would have been disqualified from many other international competitions.
This is the second time Cochrane was involved in swimming controversy at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In the men’s 400m freestyle swimming competition last Saturday, Tae-Hwan Park of South Korea successfully won his protest after originally being disqualified in the semi-finals for starting too soon himself. Due to Park’s fortunate ruling, Cochrane finished ninth and out of the final.
At this time, it does not appear that Swimming Canada, or the Canadian Olympic Committee will protest Sun’s Olympic gold.