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Ruck takes down speedster

Kelowna-born swimmer Taylor Ruck has taken down one of the fastest swimmers on the planet.

Ruck captured the 200-metre freestyle during the opening day of the Pan Pacific Championships in Tokyo.

In winning the race in a championship-record time of one minute, 54.44 seconds, she also took down five-time Olympic champion Katie Ledecky of the U.S.

In a published article after the race, Ruck admitted she had to calm herself down before hitting the water, knowing who was also in the race.

“It’s the name, I guess, because she is the fastest woman on the planet in a lot of races,” Ruck said of Ledecky. “My coach kind of saw that, so he told me to focus on my lane and my race.”

Ruck is scheduled to compete next in the 100-metre women's freestyle on Friday.

Kelowna's Kierra Smith failed to qualify for the final in the 100-metre women's breaststroke. She finished third in the B final.



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