Fourth place finsh for Hamilton’s Gotell at world swim meet

Hamilton’s Chelsey Gotell placed fourth in the S13 100 freestyle event at the 50-country world championships for swimmers with a disability.

Gotell was clocked in 1:02.26 in the event for the visually impaired. It was won by Montreal’s Valerie Grand’Maison in 59:57, breaking a 10-year-old record of 59:58 set by Germany’s Yvonne Hopf.

Stephanie Dixon of Victoria also won a gold medal in record time and Anne Polinario of Montreal won her race on Sunday.
Benoit Huot of Montreal added a bronze to bring Canada’s medal total to nine (four gold, two silver and three bronze) after two days of competition in Durban, South Africa.

In the women’s S9 category 100 backstroke, Dixon notched her second individual medal in two days clocking 1:09.61 to break her world mark of 1:10.01 set at the 2004 Paralympic Games. She won the race by more than four seconds.

Polinario, a double medallist at the Commonwealth Games this past March, clocked 1:15.27 in her victory in the S10 100 backstroke. She also improved upon her second place finish at the Paralympics.

Huot, a five-time Paralympic champion in 2004, notched his second medal with a bronze in the men’s 100 backstroke in 1:04.66.