MONTREAL (ISN) – Benoit Huot of Montreal and Summer Mortimer of Newmarket, Ont., showed why they are two of Canada’s biggest stars in Para swimming Wednesday with victories at the Paralympic trials presented by RBC.
In the men’s 100 backstroke, Huot clocked 1:01.53 to finish ahead of Adam Rahier of Port Moody, B.C., and Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver. Huot is a six-time Paralympic champion vying for a spot in his fourth Games.
”I was two-tenths off my best time so I wasn’t far off,” said Huot, 28. ”It’s a great way to start my week with my best events still ahead. It augurs well for the rest of the competition.”
In the women’s 100 backstroke, Mortimer ranked first in 1:08.19. Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., and Brianna Nelson of Cochrane, Alta., followed in second and third. The 100 backstroke, is one of five events in which Mortimer holds the world record.
”My feet were hurting a lot more than usual,” said Mortimer, a quadrupled world champion in 2010. ”But overall I’m satisfied. I’m part of the team and it was a good start. This is the biggest meet I’ve been to since the world championships and it’s exciting.”
Daniel Murphy of Sackville, N.S., and Maxime Olivier of Montreal won the men’s and women’s 50 backstroke respectively.
”It’s pretty good, I’m happy with the time,” said Murphy who clocked 2:24.00 a personal best by two seconds.
Competition continues Thursday at the Olympic Park Sport Centre.
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