Canada breaks relay world records

Canada broke the world record in both the men’s and women’s 4x100 medley relays on Sunday to conclude the British Grand Prix swimming competition.

LEEDS, England — Canada broke the world record in both the men’s and women’s 4×100 medley relays on Sunday to conclude the British Grand Prix swimming competition.

Over the course of the event, Canadian swimmers broke four world records and set seven Commonwealth marks.

In the women’s 4×100 medley relay, Calgary’s Katie Murdoch, Vancouver’s Annamay Pierse, and Audrey Lacroix and Victoria Poon, both of Montreal, clocked three minutes 49.45 seconds to break the world record of 3:51.36 set by the U.S. last year.

“It was awesome,” said Murdoch.

“We were really motivated because all four of us had broken Canadian records this week. It was an honour to be on that relay.”

In the men’s 4×100 medley relay, Jake Tapp of Langley, B.C., Joe Bartoch of London, Ont., Calgary’s Paul Kornfeld and Vancouver’s Brent Hayden finished in 3:23.33 to eclipse the world record of 3:24.29 set by Russia last year.

It is the second Canadian world record for a men’s relay this week. The 4×200 freestyle standard was beaten on Friday.