Canadian Paralympians post record swims
Huot, Mortimer break world marks in individual medley; Gotell also wins
Canada won three gold medals, including two in world record time, at the world Paralympic swimming championships Monday.
Benoit Huot of Montreal and Summer Mortimer of Newmarket, Ont., each broke world records en route to gold in Eindhoven, Netherlands, while Chelsea Gotell of Antigonish, N.S., added the third win for Canada.
In the men's 200-metre individual medley, Huot finished in two minutes 11.30 seconds, eclipsing the previous world mark in the S10 category of 2:12.78 set by Australian Rick Pendleton at the 2008 Paralympics in Beijing. Andre Brasil of Brazil was second 2:13.20.
It was Huot's first gold at a world championship or Paralympic Games in four years.
"It's one of the most invigorating wins of my career," Huot said in a release. "I thought my chances of winning this event were slim. Andre beat me by seven seconds last year at the world short-course championships but today he struggled with his breaststroke and that's where I beat him."
In the women's 200 IM in the S10 division, Mortimer took the gold in 2:30.14 after initially lowering the world mark in the preliminaries to 2:32.91. Sophie Pasco of New Zealand was second in 2:30.64.
"The gold feels great I really came here to win," said Mortimer. "I stayed with the leaders the whole way and I was able to pull ahead at the end. Hopefully there'll be more medals."
In the women's S13 100 breaststroke for visually impaired, Gotell led Canada to a 1-2 finish, posting a personal best 1:23.10 while Valerie Grand'Maison of Montreal was second in 1:23.27.
"I haven't raced a 100 breaststroke in quite some time so I approached it as a fun race with no pressure," said Gotell. "I was confident I could beat my personal best but I didn't know where that would place me."
Katarina Roxon of Stephenville, N.L., was fifth in the S8 100 breaststroke and Canada's 4X100 freestyle relay was also fifth.