TORONTO – Benoit Huot of Montreal broke the world record Friday morning in the men’s 400-metre individual medley in the S10 disability class to open the this weekend’s Bell Grand Prix swimming competition at the Etobicoke Olympium.
Huot clocked four minutes and 51.52 seconds to smash his previous world mark of 4:55.40 set last year. It was a bit unexpected for Huot who was delayed most of Thursday in airplanes and airports because of the snowstorm that hit Eastern Canada.
‘’I was well prepared for this meet but after yesterday I never thought I would do this well on the first day of competition,’’ said Huot. ‘’I gained most of the seconds from my previous record on the backstroke leg. That’s where I made the most improvement.’’
Meanwhile in able bodied competition, Elizabeth Wycliffe of Kingston, Ont., broke the Canadian short course record in the women’s 200 backstroke preliminaries. Wycliffe clocked 2:07.05 to eclipse the previous national mark of 2:07.73 set by Jennifer Fratesi of Waterloo in 2001.
Other top qualifiers for tonight’s finals in women’s competition were Annamay Pierse of Vancouver in the 100 breaststroke, Erica Morningstar of Calgary in the 100 freestyle, Tanya Hunks of Vancouver in the 400 IM and Jennifer Carroll of Trois-Rivieres, Que., in the 50 butterfly.
Top qualifiers for tonight’s finals in men’s competition were world champion Brent Hayden of Vancouver in the 100 freestyle, Keith Beavers of Waterloo, Ont., in the 200 backstroke and 400 IM, Scott Dickens of Vancouver in the 100 breaststroke and Thomas Kindler of Montreal in the 50 butterfly.