Louis Daignault (ISN)
August 17, 2013 MONTREAL (ISN) – Benoit Huot of Montreal will go for gold tonight in the S10 100-m backstroke after easily qualifying in the preliminaries Saturday morning at the International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships.
Huot, the gold medallist earlier this week in the 200-m individual medley, cruised to the fourth fastest time in 1:04.98.
Aurélie Rivard of St. Jean, Que., vies for a fifth medal tonight after posting the fifth fastest time in the women’s S10 100-m backstroke.
Brianna Nelson of Victoria showed she is a also serious medal contender with the fastest time in the S7 50-m butterfly. Sarah Mehain of Vernon also made the cut placing seventh.
Jean-Michel Lavallière of Quebec City and Zack McAllister of Lethbridge, Alta., broke their Canadian record times to also advance in the S7 50-m butterfly and S8 100-m freestyle.
Also in finals tonight are Danial Murphy of Halifax in the S5 100-m freestyle and Camille Bérubé of Gatineau, Que., and Morgan Bird of Calgary in the women’s S8 100-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 (11:30pm 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.
News Broadcast Media Access
To complement the daily highlight shows, 3-minute News access highlights clips and flash interviews will be made available free of rights to all news broadcast and digital media courtesy of the Canadian Paralympic Committee via www.sendtonews.com. Clips will be made available daily, shortly after each final session ending at approximately 9PM EST.
Full results, schedule and start lists at: http://www.paralympic.org/events/montreal-2013/live-results