Canada’s Aurelie Rivard golden again at Paralympics with 100 metre freestyle win

Rio Di Janiero, Brazil – Canadian swimmer Aurelie Rivard is golden once again.

The 20-year-old from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, won the 100-metre freestyle on Tuesday, her third medal of the Rio Paralympics, and second gold.

Rivard led from the start and touched the wall in 59.31 seconds, edging New Zealand rival Sophie Pascoe, who was second in 59.85.

Rivard’s was one of two medals on the night for the swim team. Tess Routliffe of Caledon, Ontario, captured a silver in the women’s 200 individual medley. Nikita Howarth of New Zealand won the gold in 2:57.29, while Routliffe, who was born with hypochondroplasia dwarfism, finished in 3:02.05.

Rivard, who was born with an underdeveloped left hand, claimed Canada’s first gold medal of the Games when she won the 50 freestyle in a world record time.

She added a silver in the 200 individual medley two nights later.

The Canadian Press

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