Chantal Van Landeghem

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Chantal van Landeghem (born March 5, 1994) is a Canadian competition swimmer who specializes in the freestyle and butterfly events. She won a bronze medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics as part of the women's 4 x 100 m relay, this was Canada's first relay medal in that event for forty years. Van Landeghem is the reigning 100-metre freestyle and 4 × 100-metre freestyle champion in the Pan American Games, setting games records in both events. Van Landeghem is currently studying and competing through the University of Georgia.[2] She was a competitor for Manitoba at the 2009 Canada Summer Games where she won two gold, a silver, and a bronze medal.

Chantal van Landeghem
Kazan 2015 - 100m freestyle semi Chantal van Landeghem.JPG
Personal information
Full nameChantal van Landeghem
National team Canada
Born (1994-03-05) March 5, 1994 (age 25)
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Height5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight170 lb (77 kg)
Sport
SportSwimming
StrokesFreestyle, butterfly
ClubManta Swim Club[1]
College teamUniversity of Georgia
CoachBen Titley

CareerEdit

Van Landeghem next competed at the 2011 World Aquatics Championships for Canada where she helped the 4 × 100-metre freestyle relay team place sixth. Van Landeghem also competed at the 2011 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships where she won a silver in the 100-metre freestyle and the 4 × 100-metre freestyle relay for Canada as well as bronze medals in the 50-metre backstroke and butterfly.[2] Her results led to her being named the Manitoba Female Athlete of the Year for 2011. In 2013, she was named to the Senior National Team and competed in Barcelona at the FINA World Championship where she placed 9th in the 50 meter LC freestyle.[2]

At the 2015 Pan American Games, van Landeghem started in the final of the women's 100 free. There she faced off against American star Natalie Coughlin. In the final van Landeghem trailed Coughlin but pulled ahead on the final lap and upset the favourite, setting a personal best and games record in the process. She said after the race that the home crowd "got me into it. I kept saying thank you when I got out of the water because they were amazing. They really pushed me the last 15 metres. It's nothing like I've ever experienced just because it was on home soil in Canada. Seeing that flag raised, I was just overcome with so much pride."[3] Van Landeghem then repeated the upset over Coughlin, this time in the 4 × 100 freestyle relay where she beat the American again in a closer finish while setting another games record.[3] After the second upset she said "my confidence is sky-high right now. I've don't think it's ever been this high. Beating Natalie is obviously huge, but personally, a best time, that's all I could ask for. We're going into worlds in a couple weeks after this. To have these performances going into worlds is a huge confidence booster."[3]

She competed for Canada for the 2016 Summer Olympics.[4] In the women's 4 x 100 m relay she helped the Canadian women to the third seed in the final. The final saw the more of the best swimmer's join their competitors as well as the Canadians. Van Landeghem swam with Penny Oleksiak, Taylor Ruck, Michelle Williams and Sandrine Mainville. Together they won the bronze medal in the final behind Australia and the United States. The medal was Canada's first women's relay medal at the Olympics in 40 years.[5] An elated van Landgehem said after the race that "We belong here and we belong on that podium. "I'm just so excited right now, I'm so proud of these girls and I hope we made Canada proud tonight."[5] Van Landeghem was named as part of the Canadian Press' team of the year when they declared the women's swim team as their winner, the award was given to the women following their strong performances at Rio.[6]

Her next medal came in the form of a bronze medal while competing in the mixed 4 × 100 m medley while swimming the anchor and freestyle leg at the 2017 World Aquatics Championships semi-finals for the Canadian team.[7] She did not compete in the final though, instead Yuri Kisil swam the freestyle there in a tactical move, as the only male against a slate of female competitors. Kisil touched in a tie with the Chinese team for third.

She retired from competitive swimming in December 2017.[8]

PersonalEdit

Van Landeghem was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and began swimming at the Manta Swim Club based in the Pan Am Pool from the age of 4. Upon graduating high school she was recruited by the Georgia Bulldogs swimming and diving team and currently lives in Athens, Georgia while she completes her degree in psychology.

Personal bestsEdit

Long course (50 m pool)Edit

 
Kazan 2015
Event Time Venue Date Notes
50 m butterfly 26.85 Lima 18 Aug 2011
100 m butterfly 1:00.43 Montreal 10 Jul 2009
50 m freestyle 24.39 Kazan, Russia 9 Aug 2015 Canadian Record
100 m freestyle 53.83 Toronto 14 July 2015 Pan Am Games record
200 m freestyle 2:04.59 Charlotte 14 May 2011

Short course (25 m pool)Edit

Event Time Venue Date Notes
50 m freestyle 23.85 Eindhoven 7 Aug 2013
100 m freestyle 52.87 Berlin 11 Aug 2013

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Van Landeghem profile". Swim Canada. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "van Landeghem profile". Georgia Bulldogs. Retrieved August 5, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c "Chantal Van Landeghem upsets U.S. swim star Natalie Coughlin twice". CBC Sports. July 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "Olympic Team Nominated for Rio 2016". Swimming Canada. Swimming Canada. 10 April 2016. Retrieved 27 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Canada wins bronze in women's 4x100m freestyle relay". CBC Sports. August 7, 2016. Archived from the original on August 25, 2016.
  6. ^ Donna Spencer (December 28, 2016). "Canada's female swimmers win Canadian Press team of the year". Toronto Star.
  7. ^ "World record-breaking swimmer Masse adds bronze in mixed relay". CBC Sports. July 26, 2017.
  8. ^ https://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/more-sports/canadas-van-landeghem-bouchard-retire-from-competitive-swimming/article37310975/