Shanghai silver for ex-Spartan

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Ex-Chilliwack Spartan swimmer Brent Hayden scored a silver medal at the World Swimming Championships, which were held July 16-31 in Shanghai, China.

Hayden finished second in the men’s 100 metre freestyle, clocking in at 47.95 seconds.

James Magnussen, known as the Missile in Australian media circles, won the race with a time of 47.63s.

Brazil’s Cesar Cielo led through 50 metres, but faded at the end to finish fourth. France’s William Meynard was third in 48.00.

Hayden’s medal put him back on the podium for the first time since 2007, when he finished in a two-way tie for gold in the 100m at the world championships in Melbourne, Australia.

The 27-year-old failed to qualify for the finals at the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics and finished fourth at the 2009 world championships in Rome, Italy.

As of Thursday, Canadian swimmers had earned five medals; two in racing, two in diving and one in synchronized swimming.