Hilary Caldwell, shown here at the Rio Olympics, placed fourth at world championships last week in Windsor, Ont.

Hilary Caldwell, shown here at the Rio Olympics, placed fourth at world championships last week in Windsor, Ont.

White Rock’s Caldwell fourth at world swimming championships

Two-time Olympian competes in 200m backstroke at world championships in Windsor, Ont.

White Rock swimmer Hilary Caldwell swam to a fourth-place finish last week at FINA World Swimming Championships, a short-course competition held in Windsor, Ont.

Thursday, Caldwell – a two-time Olympian who now lives and trains in Victoria – placed fourth in short-course women’s 200-m backstroke finals in a time of two minutes, 3.98 seconds, just 1.33 seconds out of a podium position and little more than three seconds behind the gold-medal winner.

The event was won by Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, a three-time Olympic gold medallist who also holds the women’s short-course world record in the 200-m backstroke.

Earlier that day, Caldwell – ranked third in the world prior to the event – qualified for the final swim after placing first in her heat.

Caldwell’s top-four finish isn’t her only success at the world championships; three years ago, she won bronze in the 200-m backstroke at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

That podium finish came a year after Caldwell – a longtime member of the South Surrey-based Pacific Sea Wolves Swim Club – made her Olympic debut at the 2012 Games in London.

Last summer, at the Rio de Janeiro-hosted Olympics, she won a bronze medal, also in the 200-m.

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