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September 12, 2008

Gotell leads another Canadian sweep in the pool

The same three women who earned Canada a sweep on the second day of the Paralympic Games duplicated their impressive feat again on Friday in Beijing.

Chelsey Gotell, of Antigonish, N.S., led the all-Canadian podium finish, winning the women's 200-metre individual medley for the S13 visually impaired in a world-record time of two minutes 28.15 seconds.

Winnipeg's Kirby Côté finished 50 100ths of a second behind Gotell to win a silver, while Montreal's Valérie Grand'Maison placed third in 2:29.29.

"I don't now where that race came from," said Gotell. "I'm so happy that we swept another race. The whole team is faster than ever. In this category, the three of us push each other so much. If it wasn't for the other two girls, I wouldn't be here with that gold today."

Côté held the previous world record of 2:29.16.

"If I were to give that record to anyone it would be Chelsea," Côté said. "The field is so much faster now, the fact I'm still here and on the podium is just awesome."

On Monday, the trio of Canadian swimmers got Canada off to a flying start with a sweep in the 100 butterfly S13 competition. Grand'Maison won the gold medal in that race, followed by Côté and Gotell.

The Canadians almost pulled off another sweep in the 100-metre freestyle S13 event Wednesday, but Côté touched the wall in fourth.

All three swimmers have had great success in the pool this week.

Grand'Maison has been the star of the Games for Canada, winning three gold medals and setting two world records.

Gotell has reached the podium four times, taking gold, silver and two bronze in her third Paralympic Games. Côté, meanwhile, has earned two silver and another bronze.

Dixon wins third medal at Paralympics
Victoria's Stephanie Dixon won her third medal of the Paralympics after taking the silver in the women's 400 freestyle S9 competition. Dixon finished behind South African sensation Natalie du Toit, who won her fourth gold medal of the Games.

Dixon, a five-time gold medallist in the previous two Paralympic Games, has won two silver and a bronze this week.





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