September 27, 2004
Kirby Cote and Stephanie Dixon complete
ATHENS - Kirby Cote of Winnipeg won the gold medal in the women’s
50 freestyle for the visually impaired while Stephanie Dixon of Victoria
picked-up a team leading eighth medal to conclude a super showing
by Canada’s swimming team at the Paralympic Games.
In Monday’s schedule, Canada added three medals- one of each
colour- to its haul to finish with 40 (15 gold, 14 silver and 11
bronze). There were 19 swimmers on the Canadian team.
In the women’s 50 freestyle for the visually impaired, Cote
took the gold in a personal best 28.47 for her seventh medal and
fifth gold. Prue Watt of Australia was second in 28.89 and Chelsey
Gotell earned the bronze clocking 29.00 flat.
‘’It’s a great way to end the Games,” said
Cote, also a gold medallist in the 100 butterfly, 100 and 400 freestyle
and 200 individual medley and silver medallist in the 100 breaststroke
and 100 backstroke. ‘’I knew what it would take to do
well at these Games. I followed my coach’s race strategies
and it worked out very well.”
For Gotell it was her fourth medal of the Game to go along with
two other bronze and a gold.
‘’The competition was a lot stronger than I expected,”
said Gotell, the 100 backstroke winner on the weekend. ‘’So
to still deliver this kind of showing is very satisfying.”
In the women’s 4X100 medley relay, the Canadians took the
silver with Dixon, Anne Polinario of Toronto, Elisabeth Walker of
St. Catharines, Ont., and Darda Geiger of Sarnia, Ont. It was Geiger’s
first medal of the Games.
Dixon finishes with eight medals earning a gold, six silver and
a bronze. For Polinario it was her fifth trip to the podium. She
also pocketed another two gold and two silver this week. For Walker
it was her second medal to go along with a bronze.
Donovan Tildesley of Vancouver with two silver and a bronze; Danielle
Campo of Calgary with a silver and two bronze, Andrea Cole of Thunder
Bay, Ont., with a silver and bronze; and Hill with two bronze.