Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., won the gold medal and set a Games record with a victory in the women’s S10 100-m freestyle on Tuesday evening at the Paralympics.
“I wanted the gold, which I got,” said the 20-year-old, who set the world record of 59.17 at last summer’s Parapan American Games in Toronto. “I’m a little disappointed in my own performance. I own the world record so I wanted to break my own time. I know what I did wrong.’’
Tess Routliffe of Caledon, Ont., won Canada’s other medal today, also in the pool, taking the silver in the women’s SM7 200-m IM. Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C. was fifth in that race. Nathan Stein of Surrey, B.C., was seventh in the men’s S10 100-m freestyle.
“I’m used to having to fight until the last end of it,” said the 17-year-old who was second in the same race at last summer’s IPC Swimming World Championships. “In all my races it’s me coming back in the second half. That’s why I am who I am. I’m a fighter and I race. I just find it in me, the last little bit.”
Rivard has three medals so far at the Games. She opened with gold and a world record in the 50-m freestyle and added a silver in the 200-m IM.
Canada now has 14 medals (4-8-2) after six days of competition and stands 14th in the country standings.
In athletics, Jason Dunkerley and guide runner Josh Karanja of Ottawa, Ont., were fifth in the T11 1500-metres final in a season’s best of 4:07.98.
“We wanted the medal,’’ said Dunkerley. ‘’I thought we ran well today. On a different day we could have won with that performance. I don’t think we could have done more. I am really proud in that respect of what Josh and I have been able to accomplish.”
Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., raced to a sixth place finish in the T54 1500-metres final in 3:24.57, also a season’s best for the six-time Paralympian.
”I am very happy with placing sixth,’’ she said. ‘’I knew that to be in the top four would be very difficult. It would have taken a mistake from the lead group. I managed my race very well and overall.”
Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., qualified for the final of the T34 (wheelchair) 800-metres in 1:47.61.
Both Canadian goalball teams advanced to quarterfinals after they completed their preliminary rounds.
Amy Burk of Charlottetown scored all six Canadian goals in a 6-0 win over Australia. Canada ends the preliminary round at 2-2. Canada advances to quarterfinals against the U.S. on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The men’s team lost 6-3 to Sweden to finish at 1-3. Canada advances to the quarterfinals against Lithuania on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The sailing competition was disrupted by wind and heat delays postponing some races. However two Canadian crews are off to great starts after their races on Monday and Tuesday. John McRoberts and Jackie Gay of Victoria in the Skud 18 are second and Paul Tingley of Halifax; Logan Campbell of Saskatoon and Scott Lutes of Montreal in the Sonar are third.
In shooting, Doug Blessin of Tri-City, B.C., posted a strong sixth place finish in the mixed 10m air rifle in prone position.
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