Fri, September 20, 2013

Canada strikes Paralympic gold

By QMI Agency


Canada's Benoit Huot celebrates after winning the Men's 200-metre Individual Medley SM10 event during the Paralympic Games in London on Aug. 30, 2012. (Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters)

Canada has its first medal at the London Paralympic Games on Thursday.

Benoit Huot, of Longueuil, Que., won the men's 200m individual medley in a time of 2 minutes 10.01 seconds.

The gold medal is his ninth at the Paralympics, but first since 2004 after getting shut out in Beijing in 2008.

Nicknamed "The Shark", Huot is one of Quebec's highest profile amateur athletes. This is his fourth Paralympic Games.

Canada was not done in the pool as fellow swimmer Summer Mortimer, of Burlington, Ont., earned a silver medal in the women's 200m individual medley.

In other news, the men's wheelchair basketball team defeated Japan 68-53 in their opening match, while the men's goalball team lost to Belgium 4-2.