RIO – Benoit Huot and Brian Hill, both of Montreal, won two medals apiece on Saturday at an international competition for swimmers with a disability.
Huot posted silver medal performances in the 50 and 100-metre freestyles in the S10 disability category. He lost both races to his top international rival Andres Esteves of Brazil. Esteves broke the world record in both distances.
“My times were very good,” said Huot. “I swam faster than last week at the Can Am meet in Maryland and that was my goal. In the 50, I was only 0.09 seconds off my personal best without being fully prepared. The 100 could have been better but it was still solid.”
Hill was third in the same races in the S13 class for the visually impaired.
“I was a lot happier with my 50 freestyle,” said Hill. “It was my fastest in training time for the last couple of years. It was great to see what I could do within 48 hours of landing here.”
Andrew Haley of Toronto was the third Canadian invitee to the event and placed fifth in the 50 freestyle and sixth in the 100 freestyle in the S9 class.