Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Blake Bags Second Place at Rio, Aims for First in Relay

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Blake Bags Second Place at Rio, Aims for First in Relay

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SWIMMING: London 2012 gold medallist Blake Cochrane has been forced to settle for silver in the SB7 100m breaststroke in Rio.

The University of the Sunshine Coast athlete finished in a time of 1min 18.66sec, six seconds behind 18-year-old Colombian Carlos Serrano Zarate, who set a new world record to claim gold.

Cochrane, 25, who is competing at his third Paralympics, has been working with coach Jan Cameron on freestyle just as much as his breaststroke in a bid to help further the Australian team's chances in the freestyle relay.

"It was the strongest race that I could put together tonight. I'm a little bit disappointed with the time but overall I'm happy with the result and can't do much more than that," Cochrane (pictured) said.

"The 100m breaststroke has always been a strong stroke of mine and I've put a lot of emphasis on it, but coming into this race I knew I had a tough challenge trying to get that gold medal so what Jan Cameron and I did was try and focus a little bit more on the freestyle, considering the best chance for a gold medal is going to be the 4x100m freestyle relay team. …

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