MONTREAL – Valérie Drapeau of Montreal and Scott Patterson of Vancouver each broke their Canadian records in the S5 disability category 100-m breaststroke in Friday morning’s preliminaries at the IPC Swimming World Championships being held at parc Jean-Drapeau.
Drapeau qualified seventh for tonight’s final clocking 2:07:59 which eclipsed the 2:07.70 she swam at the Paralympic Games last year.
Patterson was ninth overall in 1:49.11 and just missed the cut. Still he bettered his previous national standard of 1:49.80 also set last year.
Other Canadians advancing to tonight’s finals were Devin Gotell of Antigonish, N.S. and Nicholas-Guy Turbide of Quebec City in the S13 400-m freestyle.
Kirstie Kasko of Okotoks, Alta., and Maxime Rousselle of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., didn’t qualify for their respective S14 100-m breaststroke finals.
Also in tonight’s finals are Isaac Bouckley of Port Hope, Ont., in the S10 100-m butterfly, Donovan Tildesley in the S11 100-m butterfly, Morgan Bird of Calgary in the S8 100-m butterfly, Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C., in the S7 100-metre freestyle and Katarina Roxon of Stephenville, N.L. in the S9 400-m freestyle.
Competitors in classifications S1 through S10 have a physical limitation, while classifications S11 through S13 are for competitors with a visual impairment. A lower number indicates a more severe condition.
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 (11:30 p.m. ET). 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.