September 10, 2008
Third gold, second
world record for swimmer Valérie Grand’Maison at
BEIJING – Valérie Grand’Maison of Montreal
won her third gold and established a second world record with
a victory in the women’s 100-metre freestyle for visually
impaired on Wednesday in swimming action at the Paralympic Games.
Grand’Maison clocked 58.87 seconds to better her previous
world mark of 59.57 set at the 2006 world championships where
she won five gold medals. Chelsea Gotell of Antigonish, N.S.,
took the silver in a personal best 1:00.26 and Kirby Cote of Winnipeg
was fourth in a personal best 1:02.95.
‘’One of the keys to my success at these Games is
how I’m managing myself at the Games,’’ said
Grand’Maison, 19, competing at her first Paralympics. ‘’I’m
eating and resting properly and I’m not letting myself be
bothered by any distractions. I’ve been pretty nervous for
the races but the crowd has been absolutely great.’’
Gotell collected her third medal of the competition to bring
Canada’s swimming total to nine in swimming.
‘’After the preliminaries I knew I had a lot left
in me,’’ said Gotell. ‘’I’ve been
practicing a lot at holding my breath longer underwater and that
has really paid off for me here.’’
In the women’s 100 backstroke in the S7 disability class
Brianna Nelson of Calgary and Laura Jensen of Fort St. John, B.C.,
were sixth and seventh respectively. Drew Christensen of New Westminster,
B.C., was eighth in the men’s S8 100 backstroke.
Canadian national team coach Craig McCord of Vancouver is pleased
with the performances of the Canadian swim team.
‘’We’re swimming at the level we expected,’’
said McCord. ‘’The world has taken a big step forward
at these Games. Times that were worth medals four years ago wouldn’t
get you into the finals this year so we’ve really stepped
it up. We’ve also got 11 newcomers on the team and we’re
seeing a lot of personal bests so that augurs well for the 2012
Competition continues Thursday.
Full results at: http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRMP/ENG/Schedule/index.shtml
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