Steamboat's Worsley and Team Canada finish 14th in freestyle relay

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Blake Worsley

— Steamboat Springs and Canadian Olympic swimmer Blake Worsley got Team Canada off to a good start early Tuesday at the London Olympics, but the team eventually fell to 14th overall in the 800-meter freestyle relay.

Canada placed seventh in Heat 2 with a time of 7 minutes, 15.22 seconds. The team entered the event having qualified 11th.

Worsley led off the the 800-meter freestyle leg by posting a time of 1:48.23, just 0.01 seconds behind American Charlie Houchin. His 50-meter time of 53.08 put the Canadians sixth, but Worsley made up time in the rest of his leg and had the Canadian’s in second by the time he touched the wall.

“It’s just another sporting event, but it’s not just another experience,” Worsley said Sunday about swimming at the Olympics. “It’s exciting. It’s the biggest crowd at a swimming event I’ve ever seen in my entire career, and I want to use that to swim better.”

Worsley’s 200-meter time during Tuesday's relay event was just a tick slower than his 200-meter time from the individual event Sunday, when he just missed qualifying for the semifinals.

The United States posted the fastest time in the qualifying round of the 800-meter freestyle relay Tuesday, finishing in 7:06.75.

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