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Cochrane wins gold at Commonwealth Games

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According to the Canadian Press on Thursday, Canadian Olympic silver medalist Ryan Cochrane of Victoria, British Columbia has won Canada's first gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. Cochrane won the men's 400m freestyle swimming competition.

Cochrane, who won the silver medal in the men's 1500m freestyle swimming competition at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and a bronze medal in the men's 1500m freestyle swimming competition at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, won his third Commonwealth Games gold medal in his career. At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India, Cochrane won the men's 400m and men's 1500m freestyle swimming events.

On Thursday in the men's 400m freestyle swimming final, Cochrane posted a winning time of 3:43.46. David McKeon of Australia won the silver medal with a time of 3:44.09. James Guy of England won the bronze medal with a time of 3:44.58.

Cochrane's victory on Thursday however was by no means easy. McKeon had a significant lead at the 300m mark, but it seemed that McKeon went out too hard too early and had nothing more in the tank for the last quarter of the race.

Cochrane's victory was one of two gold medals won by team Canada on Thursday. Canada's other gold medal came in team rhythmic gymnastics. The Canadian team was represented by Patricia Bezzoubenko and Annabelle Kovacs of Vancouver, British Columbia and Maria Kitkarska of Montreal, Quebec.

The Canadians had a dominating performance in Glasgow. They posted the highest score in all four disciplines--rope, hoop, ball and ribbon and had an overall score of 141.45. Their highest score came in rope at 43.15 points. Wales won the silver medal with a score of 136.625 and Malaysia won the bronze medal with a score of 135.825.

Team Canada also won a silver medal from Kristen Sweetland of Nanaimo, British Columbia in the women's triathlon and a bronze medal by the women's 4x100m relay freestyle swim team. The Canadian freestyle swim team was led by Olympian Victoria Poon of Montreal.

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