Mortimer Strikes Gold
in Women's 50m Freestyle
Nelson Second in 50m Butterfly
August 31, 2012 - One day after winning a silver medal at the London
2012 Aquatics Centre, Canadian Summer Mortimer
set a new world record and won the gold medal in the women's 50
metre freestyle final.
Mortimer had a strong start to take and maintain a narrow lead
all the way to the wall with the first touch, setting a time of
"It hasn't me hit me yet that I won gold," said Mortimer,
19. "It's surreal. It's great I couldn't be happier. I wanted
this race, I was mad at anybody who was going to try and take it
from me. That worked. Pure hardcore determination."
Australian Sophie Pascoe took silver just back of Mortimer, while
French swimmer Elodie Lorandi won the bronze, dropping back from
Pascoe in the second half.
Mortimer's teammate Aurelie Rivard finished sixth.
Canadian Brianna Nelson finished second in the
women's 50m butterfly swim in a time of 36.03 seconds at the London
2012 Paralympic Games.
"It feels really good," said Nelson, 20. "I wasn't
expecting that at all, in any event. The strategy was just to go
and not think of anything. Spin the arms and just kick and go. This
is really overwhelming."
Nelson was among the top three right from the start and secured
a second place position by the 25m mark.
Jacqueline Freney was dominant to finish in 35.16 to win the gold
medal. Min Huang won bronze in a time of 36.50.
Canadian Sarah Mehain finished eighth.
On Day One, Canadians Benoit Huot and Mortimer won gold and silver