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Thomas earns silver in France
There’s no doubting the determination and talent of Noemie Thomas.
That was evident again Wednesday at the second stop on the Mare Nostrum swimming circuit in Canet-En-Rousillon, France where the five-foot-four dynamo from Richmond won the silver medal in the women’s 100-metre butterfly.The 18-year-old world championship finalist clocked 58.99 seconds.Jeannette Ottesen of Denmark was the winner in 56.96 and Amit Ivry of Israel third in 59.53.
The Richmond Review Sportsperson of the Year, Thomas suffered an ankle injury earlier this year, leaving her short in her bid to make the Commonwealth Games and Pan Pacific Championships teams this summer.
‘’I just wanted to go back to using my normal strategy for the races here,’’ said Thomas. ‘’Ottesen was really fast today but I was pleased that I stuck to what I needed to do and kept the focus on my own race. My first 50 was particularly strong. I usually struggle with it when I’m in the midst of some heavy training as we are right now.’’