Mortimer’s silver medal gets rid of jitters

LONDON – Ancaster’s Summer Mortimer picked up a silver medal in swimming at the Paralympic Games on Thursday (Aug. 30).

Competing in the women’s S10 200 individual medley, Mortimer placed second in 2:32.08. The race was won by Sophie Pasco of New Zealand in a world record 2:25.65.

“I knew what to expect in this race,” said Mortimer. “I haven’t trained for it since the world championships but this gets the jitters out of my system. It was a very emotional day for me and this really sets me up well tomorrow for the 50 freestyle.”

Benoit Huot of Montreal broke his world record and won the gold medal on Thursday in the men’s 200-metre individual medley at the Games.

Huot, 28, clocked two minutes and 10.01 seconds for his ninth career Paralympic gold medal. That eclipsed his previous mark of 2:10.26 set at the Paralympic swimming trials this past March in Montreal. Andre Brasil of Brazil was second in 2:12.36 and Rick Pendleton of Australia third in 2:14.77.

“What happened in Beijing four years ago gave me that energy to come back for another four years,” said Huot who was third in the event in Beijing. “It was actually the best four years of my training. It’s great to have the medal tonight but what I’m most proud of is those four years. The process I took to get here where I am today.”

Isaac Bouckley of Whitby, Ont., was in the same final and was disqualified for an illegal kick on the butterfly leg.

In the women’s S7 100 backstroke, Brianna Nelson of Victoria finished in eighth place in 1:30.17. In the preliminaries she lowered her four-year-old Canadian record clocking 1:29.30 which was also the eighth fastest overall.