Fri, September 20, 2013

Huot completes Paralympic medal collection

By QMI Agency


Canada's gold medallist Benoit Huot poses on the podium during the London 2012 Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park Aquatics Centre in east London. (AFP)

Swimmer Benoit Huot of Montreal rounded out his medal collection from the London Paralympics Wednesday, winning a silver in the S10 400-metre freestyle.

Huot finished second to teenager Ian Silverman of the United States to snag his third medal of the Paralympics and 19th of his career. He won the gold in the 200m IM last week and added a bronze in the 100m backstroke on Tuesday.

"I came here to do best times and I'm three out of three," said Huot, who is competing at his fourth Games. "I made good decisions coming here deciding not to swim the 50 free and the 100 butterfly because they would have been hard for me to finish in the top five. So far it's worked. The events I've entered I've been on the podium."

Canada had three other silver-medal performances Wednesday to up the total to 21.

Michelle Stilwell of Nanoose Bay, B.C., won a silver in the T52 wheelchair 100m, Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., was second in the T53 wheelchair 800m and Aurelie Rivard of Montreal took silver in the women's S10 400m freestyle.

The Canadian men's wheelchair basketball team moved into the semifinals with a 77-51 win over Spain as Patrick Anderson of Fergus, Ont., had 16 points and 14 rebounds. The men's rugby team lost 64-52 to Australia and the women's goalball team dropped a 2-1 decision to Finland in the quarterfinals.