Fri, September 20, 2013

Summer Mortimer golden again at Paralympics

By QMI Agency


Canada's Summer Mortimer celebrates winning gold in the women's S10 100m backstroke during the London 2012 Paralympic Games in London, England, Sept. 4, 2012. (LIKE MacGREGOR/Reuters)

Summer Mortimer of Ancaster, Ont., won her second gold medal of the London Paralympics Tuesday.

The 19-year-old posted a world record of one minute, 5.90 seconds in winning the women's S10 100-metre backstroke, shaving a half second off the world-best time she set at the 2010 world championships. Mortimer also won the 50m freestyle in world-record time and took silver in the 200m individual medley last week.

"This feels absolutely amazing," Mortimer said. "I haven't been that fast since I was abled bodied. To be able to beat my times from when I was 14-15 years old is amazing. I wasn't expecting it but the race went perfectly."

Canadian athletes won two other medals Tuesday to increase the total haul to 16, good for 16th place.

Benoit Huot of Montreal won a bronze medal in the men's S10 100m backstroke, lowering his Canadian-record time to 1:00.73. He won gold in the 200m IM earlier in the event and now has 18 medals in his career as a Paralympian.

"It wasn't easy but it worked out well for me," Huot said. "This isn't the race I feel the most comfortable in and at the end I wasn't sure I was in the medal contenders. I was really hurting in the last 25 metres."

Marco Dispaltro of St. Jerome, Que., and Josh Vander Vies of Vancouver took the bronze in the BC4 mixed pairs boccia with an 8-2 win over Great Britain's Stephen and Peter McGuire.