Thomas wraps up amazing week in world pool

Noemie Thomas  - Courtesy: SendtoNews/Swimming Canada
Noemie Thomas
— image credit: Courtesy: SendtoNews/Swimming Canada

Noemie Thomas of Richmond wrapped up an amazing week at the FINA World Swimming Championships Sunday in Istanbul.

After topping her own national record in the women's 50-metre butterfly final Friday, with a swim of 25.60 seconds—just 0.05 seconds outside the medals—the 16-year-old, making her senior international meet debut, set yet another Canadian standard in the 100-metre butterfly semifinal Saturday by swimming the heat in 56.64 seconds to qualify for Sunday's final. Her time in the final was 56.92 seconds, earning her a second fourth-place finish at the world short-course championships.

“I’m really happy with the results but it took a lot to get there. I knew that by the end of the five-day meet I would be hurting. It’s just a matter of staying tough at the end,” Thomas told Swimming Canada. “That race panned out a bit differently than I thought it would. At the end of a meet like this it’s kind of hard. It’s mostly like 70 per cent to 90 per cent mental stuff, so you just kind of have to plow through it and know that it’s just all mental. You have to just keep your head down and not really think about what your body’s telling you after such a long week of racing.”

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