World Cup: Brian Johns marches to fifth podium

  World Cup: Brian Johns marches to fifth podium

October, 20, 2010
From Swimming Canada:

Brian Johns of Richmond, B.C © Swimming Canada
TOKYO – Feeling the best he has all season, Brian Johns of Richmond, B.C., continued a string of impressive performances highlighted by a bronze medal in the men’s 400-metre individual medley on Wednesday at the fourth stop on the swimming World Cup circuit.

Johns, who won four medals at the previous stop this past weekend in Singapore, clocked 4:06.52 seconds. He was less than seconds behind winner Thiego Perreira of Brazil who has dominated the IM races on the circuit this season.

“It was touch and go whether Brian would compete at these World Cups after a disappointing Commonwealth Games,” said Johns’ coach Tom Johnson. “But we felt it was important that we follow through on our season plan until the end. He has shown a lot of perseverance.”

Johns was also seventh in the 100 IM clocking a personal best 54.18 seconds.

“This is the best he’s felt since he got sick at nationals (in July),“ said Johnson. “He has been carrying a low grade infection which he seems to have finally shaken off.”

Andrew Ford of Guelph, Ont., is the other Canadian entry here and did not reach the final in the 400IM.