Louis Daignault (ISN)
August 14, 2013, MONTREAL (ISN) – Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., won the silver medal Tuesday in the women’s S10 disability category 400-metre freestyle the International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships.
It was Rivard’s second medal of the competition and the fourth overall for Canada (two silver and two bronze) after two days of racing.
Elodie Lorandi of France won the gold in world record time clocking four minutes and 32.79 seconds. Rivard, 17, kept pace most of the way with the Frenchwoman but faded on the last length and followed in 4:37.01. Tully Kearney of Britain was third at 4:42.37.
”I’m excited about the medal,” said Rivard, the reigning Paralympic Games silver medallist in the event and third in Monday’s 100-m freestyle. ”I knew Elodie would be hard to beat she has had a very strong season. I tried to use the same strategy as last year by going out relaxed at the beginning and saving my legs for the end.”
Other Canadian finalists for the women were: Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C., fourth in the S7 100-m breaststroke, Danielle Kisser of Delta, B.C., fifth in the S6 100-m breaststroke, Katarina Roxon of Stephenville, N.L., fifth in the S9 200-m individual medley, Rhea Schmidt of Winnipeg sixth in the S13 100-m breaststroke and Camille Bérubé of Gatineau, Que., seventh in the S8 200-m IM.
Mehain lowered her Canadian record to 1:44.84 from the 1:47.29 she swam at the Paralympic Games last year.
”It’s a great way to start the meet and it gives me a lot of confidence” said Mehain. ”Fourth place is always tough to take but I’m happy with my race.”
Kisser, 16, bettered her national mark twice on Tuesday and it now stands at 1:46.27.
”This was my first worlds final and it was very special,” said Kisser. ”I think what helped me the most was the crowd. They were really into it.”
Roxon posted a personal best in her final and Bérubé improved by seven seconds in the prelims.
Canadian men finalists were Isaac Bouckley of Port Hope, Ont., fourth in the S10 400-m freestyle and Danial Murphy of Halifax eighth in the S5 200-m freestyle.
The event has attracted 480 swimmers from 55 countries and is the biggest gathering of para swimmers since London 2012. Competition continues through to Sunday at Parc Jean-Drapeau with preliminaries at 9 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m.
Sportsnet One will be airing a 30-minute highlights package featuring Canada’s top performances in the pool. The shows will air at 11 p.m. ET from Tuesday through Monday, with the exception of Saturday (11:30pm EST). TVA Sports will be presenting a daily show in French on its airwaves at 10 a.m. with an encore presentation at 2:30 p.m., from Tuesday through Monday.
Full results, schedule and start lists at: http://www.paralympic.org/events/montreal-2013/live-results