Josh Liendo sets Canadian record in 100m butterfly, qualifies for Paris 2024

I don't fly final hunter meter butterfly. We talked about this one earlier on Byron. How exciting was that? A Canadian record this morning. Josh Leando, 50.33 seconds. So now they do walk out under the Eiffel Tower. Down at the starting end of the pool. Thomas McDonald 21 years of age out of Guelph with youth sports all Canadian for the University of Calgary. Lane 0. Back over the other side, Ramon Dolman, 23 years of age born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Live in Australia for a while but family settled in Canada. Bill Don Fang A 19 year old out of Victoria. He was the youth sports natural champion in the 100m butterfly for the University of Toronto in Gufran. A dual citizen from Sacramento, CA now attending school in Arizona, he did his best time by over a second to get into this big final. Eric Ginsburg, 19 years of age. The Ontario University Swimmer of the Year in 2024, did his best time in the preliminaries by over a half a second to get in here. Patrick Cussy Point Claire, Swim cloud outside Montreal. He's already made the team to go to Paris in the 4 by 200 freestyle relay. Phillips sinks in our Jack then family spent part of their time in Switzerland, part in Toronto. He's 18 years of age going to school in Arizona. He's been 6th place in the 2 freestyle events 100 and 200 already. Finley Knox, busy man in these championships world class time in the 200 I am yesterday and he's also been named A2 Relays Iliac Carrill in 19 years of age. His parents are in Cirque du Soleil, a world class 200m butterfly, or here he is in the 100m. He was a breakout swimmer in Canada in 2023. Jacques Fleendo we saw his sister earlier today sing the national anthem, welcoming everybody here to this competition. Family is very musical, Josh says. Yes, I play the cello in the double bass, mostly because I was the biggest guy and they gave me the biggest instrument. But he's very good at it and he's also very good at swimming. There's sister Sophia right there. Dad, Mom, and he was a big guy to play the cello. He's definitely one of the biggest guys in this final. We talked about. He broke the Canadian record this morning. Ilya Haroon, also under the Olympic qualifying time this morning. These two swimmers, they come at the hundred a little bit differently. Haroon is a 200m butterfly. He'll have lane #5 and because of that he'll come back very strong in the second-half. You can see him right there. Josh Leando's pure speed. He's one of the fastest sprinters in the world, so he'll go out very quick in the 1st 50 and he doesn't really die. I mean, he's still going to be out there in front. He's about a second faster than anybody else in the field, second and a half faster than Haroon. So Haroon has fantastic underwater watch for him in lane #5. The explosiveness off of the start by Leando is something to marvel at. Watching him in lane #4, there they go. They both have fantastic underwater. Let's see what they get out there. And Leando destroying everybody through the start. Right off the bat. He can only go 15 meters underwater and he was at about 14. Obviously he's been practicing now with his coach. Watch the breathing pattern. How often does he want to breathe? It looks like it's two down, one up into the wall. We set it to the end. OSB. That's what he has to use. Will he time the wall? Pretty good. Pretty good. Better in the morning. He glided in the morning. Very good. He's 2330 years 2368 for Canadian record base. This morning he timed that very well. The Canadian record Mark 50.33. Aron is in second Finley Knox and right #3. On the downside of Pin up, Josh Leando is in 3rd but it's all leando to the wall. The world #1 time 50.16 on Leando 50.06. We thought he was going to go under. There's only ever been two men, as you said, Byron, who have gone under 50 seconds before in that 100m butterfly. There's his dad. So close, so close. That's the fastest time in the world in the men's 100m butterfly. That puts Josh right in the thick of the discussion for the medals and obviously the gold medal. Even the man that he trains with every day in the University of Florida is the man that holds the world record. Caleb Dressel. That's who he's chasing. Right to the wall. Right to the wall, right to the wall. Great swim by jaws, good flexibility through the shoulders. That's key in the butterfly, as we've always talked about, Jason, that white rope you see there, that's at the 15 meter mark to make sure they can check on the dive going the other way. And there we go, family in the stands. Ramon Leando. Cheering his son on, trying to wheel him down to that 52nd mark and just about there. Focus. What a focus. There's more focus there than there is in the water by Josh. Oh, excited, but but but so close as well. Three men underneath that Olympic qualifying time. Look at that. Finley Knox. Best time by him 5142, Haroon 5109. A fantastic swim for him. Developing that speed for later on this summer. Congratulations, Josh. You qualifying the four by one, the 100 free. The 50 free. And you made a Canadian record tonight. How do you feel about your performance? Pretty good. Tired A little bit but pretty good. Yeah. This is your second Olympics. How will you approach Paris in comparison to Tokyo? Well, just more experience. So I kind of know what to handle myself a little better. And I'm, I'm just excited for what's to come. You know, it's a blessing to be able to do this sport and obviously to, you know, sometimes like these and keep improving. So, yeah, I'm just looking forward to it. Well, congratulations again on an amazing week and good luck for this summer. Thank you so much.

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