Canada’s Rivard, Dorris make splash on final day of Para swimming competition

Canada’s Rivard, Dorris make splash on final day of Para swimming competition

On the final day of swimming competition at the Tokyo Paralympics, Canada’s Aurélie Rivard booked her spot in one last final.

Fellow Canadian Danielle Dorris achieved a world record.

Rivard, the 25-year-old who already has five medals at these Games, will swim for a sixth in the SM10 200-metre individual medley final on Friday at 4:07 a.m. ET.

The St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., native placed third in her heat with a time of two minutes 34.52 seconds on Friday in Japan. She took silver in the event at the 2016 Paralympics.

Another podium appearance would be the 11th of Rivard’s career.

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Dorris, who claimed silver in the S7 100m backstroke earlier in Tokyo, swam a world-record 33.51 seconds in the 50m butterfly on Friday.

The mark sends Dorris, 18, to the medal race with a bang. She’ll go for gold on Friday at 5:04 a.m. ET.

The Moncton, N.B., native made her Paralympic debut at 13 years old in Rio, and was able to build on that experience with one medal already in Tokyo. 

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Canada’s Camille Bérubé also competed in the event, but failed to qualify for the final.

Meanwhile, Canada’s Shelby Newkirk cruised into the women’s S6 100m backstroke by winning her heat at 1:22.83.

Newkirk, the 25-year-old from Saskatoon, Sask., won silver in the discipline at 2019 worlds, and is making her Paralympic debut in Tokyo.

She was recently reclassified from S7 to S6. The higher the number, the less severe the impairment for athletes in that category.

Newkirk will swim for a medal on Friday at 4:23 a.m. ET.

In the men’s SM10 200m individual medley, Canada’s Alec Elliot advanced to the final with a time of 2:18.01. He’ll race for his first Paralympic medal at 4 a.m. ET.

Elliot swam the fourth-fastest time in heats.

Canadian Matthew Cabraja will swim for his first career Paralympic medal in the men’s S11 100m butterfly on Friday at 6:41 a.m. ET. 

Cabraja placed third in his qualifying heat with a time of 1:06.60.

In the S4 50m backstroke, Canada’s Tammy Cunnington failed to advance to the medal race.

Canadian 5th in long jump

Canada’s Amy Watt placed fifth in the women’s T45 long jump.

Watt, of Victoria, holds dual citizenship and competed for the U.S. at the 2016 Paralympics. Born without the lower part of her left arm and hand, Watt has also entered 100m, 200m and 400m races in international competition.

But the long jump is her only event in Tokyo. Watt leapt 5.28 metres on her second attempt, which stood up as her best on the day. The 23-year-old holds a personal best of 5.35 metres.

New Zealand’s Anna Grimaldi won gold with a Paralympic record jump of 5.76 metres. 

In the men’s T47 400m, Canada’s Thomas Normandeau’s time of 50.33 seconds was just enough to advance despite placing fifth in his heat.

Normandeau, 25 of Peace River, Alta., will race in the final on Saturday at 8:01 a.m. ET. 

Hennessy misses canoe podium

Canadian Brianna Hennessy fought to fifth in the women’s Va’a single VL2 200-metre sprint.

The Canadian crossed the finish line with a time of 1:03.254.

It’s the first time the discipline has been contested at the Paralympics, and as such was Hennessy’s Games debut. The Va’a is a single-person canoe.

The 36-year-old Ottawa native previously qualified for the medal race with a time of 1:06.316 in her semifinal earlier Friday. She’ll race in the kayak semifinal on Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Hennessy, seen above earlier at the Tokyo Paralympics, raced to fifth in Para canoe sprint. (Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Published at Mon, 23 Aug 2021 16:21:49 +0000