Canadian swimmers collect three more medals at Paralympic Games

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BEIJING – Stephanie Dixon of Victoria smashed her Canadian record for silver and Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver and Benoit Huot of Montreal each added a bronze medal in swimming action Thursday at the Paralympic Games.


In the women’s 200-metre individual medley in the S9 disability category Natalie Du Toit of South Africa was the winner in a world record 2:27.83.

Dixon bettered her Canadian record morning time by three more seconds for the silver in 2:37.54 while Brittany Gray of Barrie, Ont., was sixth in 2:45.49.‘’My plan was go into this race strong and challenge Natalie,’’ said Dixon with her second medal of the competition and 17th career Paralympic podium. ‘’I kept my head down in my own lane and went after it. I’m proud to win the silver medal.’’


Du Toit competed last month in the open water event at the Olympic Games.‘’Natalie challenges everyone in the class to put forth their best effort,’’ said Dixon. ‘’It’s exciting to be amongst that calibre of competition.’’


In the men’s 400-metre freestyle for visually impaired, Enhamed Enhamed of Spain won the gold medal in 4:38.32 seconds with Bozun Yang of China second in 4:43.29 and Tildesley third in 4:49.45.‘’The time was off my best but I gave it my all,’’ said Tildesley, Canada’s flag bearer in the opening ceremonies. ‘’I can’t complain with the bronze against such a tough field.’’


In the men’s 200-metre individual medley in the S10 disability class, Rick Pendleton of Australia broke the world record clocking 2:12.78 for the gold medal. Andre Brasil of Brazil followed in 2:14.20 and Huot collected his second bronze of the competition finishing in 2:15.22.


Drew Christensen of New Westminster, B.C., was fifth in the S8 200 IM and Brianna Nelson of Calgary eighth in the women’s S7 400 freestyle.Canadian swimmers have now collected 12 medals at the Games with four days of racing still to go.Competition continues Friday.


Full results at: http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRMP/ENG/Schedule/index.shtml


More information In Beijing:
Erin SulpherCommunications
Coordinator
Swimming CanadaCell: 011 86 135 2103 4322
E-mail: esulpher@swimming.ca

In Canada
Martin Richard
Director of Communications
Swimming Canada
Tel: 613- 260- 1348 (ext. 2002)
Cell: (613) 725-4339E-mail: mrichard@swimming.ca

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