RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Aug. 16 /CNW Telbec/ - Montreal's Benoit Huot
broke his own world record in the 200m individual medley with a time of
2:14.57 on Thursday at the Parapanamerican Games. The previous world record of
2:15.70 was set by Huot in 2002.
Huot also swam to gold in the 100m breaststroke in 1:15.37 in the SM10
category. It was a personal best time.
"It was an incredible night. I earned two gold medals," said Huot. More
importantly, he said his time in the individual medley puts him on target for
the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Summer Games.
"I wanted to do 2:14 this year, because next year in Beijing I think I
will need a time of 2:13 to win at Paralympic Games," he said. "It was an
almost ideal swim today."
His arch rival, Brazilian Andre Esteves, who had trouble due to water in
his goggles would have placed second, but was disqualified.
Huot added that being able to train with Olympic swimmers in Montreal is
really benefiting his times.
In total the Canadian swim team earned eight gold, four silver and two
Another highlight of the evening was Brittany Gray, of Barrie, ON,
finishing first in the women's SM8 100m breaststroke in 1:29.87.
"I have been trying for a long time to break one minute 30 seconds, and
I'm really glad I accomplished it. I was able to keep it together at the end,"
The other Canadian swimmers who were golden were Stephanie Dixon, of
Victoria, BC, in the women's SM9 200m individual medley in 2:42.37; Anne
Polinario, of Montreal, QC, in the SM10 200m individual medley in 2:49.94;
Jessica Tuomela, of Kitchener, ON, in the SM11 100m breaststroke in 1:45.29;
Brian Hill, of Montreal, QC, in the SM13 100m butterfly in 1:02.15; and
Valerie Grand'Maison, of Montreal, QC, in the SM13 100m butterfly in 1:08.52.
Disappointingly, there were two disqualifications from the finals for the
Canadians. Gray was disqualified from the women's SM9 200m individual medley
and Chelsey Gotell, of Antigonish, NS, from women's SM13 100m butterfly.
Here's how Canada did in the other sports:
Barry Phelan, of Wingham, ON, earned the bronze in the men's T37/38 100m
final in 12.56. "It was one of my best times of the season," said Phelan. "I
just tried my best and gave it my all."
The two other athletics competitors from Canada fell short of a medal.
Megan Muscat, of Windsor, ON, finished fourth in the women's T36/37/38 100m
final in 16.04 and Stuart McGregor, of Ottawa, ON, finished fifth in the men's
T13 400m final in 54.34.
Canada fell 7-0 to a powerful Brazilian squad in seven-a-side football,
but still has a chance at the bronze medal. Canada was rarely able to pressure
the more experienced host team. The Canuck netminders were bombarded and had
to make numerous excellent saves.
"Going into the game we knew that Brazil would be difficult to play. Our
plan was to play tight and minimize their scoring opportunities, especially in
the first five minutes," said Canadian head coach Drew Ferguson.
"Unfortunately, I think our lack of experience and nerves allowed them to
score early, which really seemed to open up the game."
Brazil scored its first goal just two minutes in, when a cross into the
box came to Fabiano Bruzzi. Bruzzi flicked the ball over the Canadian
defender, drew attention to himself, and then passed the ball to Jose Carlos
Guimares, who was near the far post. Guimares tapped the ball into the net.
Guimares would score goal another 30 minutes into the game, while his
team-mate Luciano Rocha netted three, and Bruzzi and Flavio Pereira had one
"We got our butts kicked," commented Todd Phillips, of Powell River, BC.
"Brazil is so quick on the one-two. Every break down came from them playing a
good one-two ball."
Phillips added the Brazilians "really know how to create space" and are
all good players who really know how to play the game.
Canada was unable to capitalize on its best chance of the game at the
45-minute mark when off a short corner kick, Sefik Smajlovic, of Vancouver,
BC, dropped the ball for Matthew Brown. Brown, of Kingston, ON, streaked in
and one timed it just over the bar.
Canada takes on the USA on Saturday for the bronze medal.
Canada lost in three straight sets 25-14, 25-23, 25-19 to Brazil. Canada
came out slow, but improved in the second and third sets.
Greg Stewart, of Kamloops, BC, and Chad Drummond, of Edmonton, AB, led
the way for Canada with six points each. Stewart had four kills, a block and
service ace and Drummond had five kills and one block. Renato Leitte led
Brazil with 14 points.
Despite the loss, Stewart was not disheartened because the Canadian
sitting volleyball program is just five months old. "We're really coming
together. It's just taking a while to get used to the game," said the 7'2"
player, who is also a member of Canada's standing volleyball team.
Player/coach Jose Rebelo, of Saint-Hubert, QC, added, "Our problem is a
lack of experience. On second and third contact, we put balls out of play. We
didn't keep it simple, and tried to get fancy with things, which cost us a lot
But when the Canadians played more cautiously in the second set, they
were able to come back twice from a five goal deficit. However, they didn't
have enough to take Brazil in the second set.
Canada takes on Costa Rica in its final round robin match Friday. It
should be an easier game, as Costa Rica is also a developing squad that
doesn't include players of the caliber of Brazil or the United States.
The team of Ian Kent, of Eastern Passage, NS, and Masoud Mojtahed, a
Canadian resident of Austin, TX, have the best chance of a medal in the
round-robin men's team class event. They are undefeated after the opening day
on Thursday of competition in the event. Playing in class 8, the Canadian duo
beat Mexico 3-0 and Brazil 3-1.
The more crucial match was the one against Brazil, which was being
cheered on by a loud hometown crowd. Mojtahed lost his game to Brazil's Joao
Nascimento 6-11, 2-11, 3-11, but then Kent easily outplayed Brazil's Francisco
Melo 11-8, 11-9, 11-3 to even the score at 1-1. Playing together, Kent and
Mojtahed were down two sets to one to the Brazilians, when they rallied a
comeback to win in five. The scores were 12-10, 7-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-4. Then,
Kent beat Nascimento 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-6 to give Canada the win.
In class 3, Canada lost 3-1 to Argentina. Canada was represented by Barry
Butler, of Ottawa, ON, and Gerard Brule, of Montreal, QC. The pair continues
round-robin play Friday.
In class 9-10, Canada lost 3-1 to Mexico and 3-0 to Brazil. Real
Poudrier, of Montreal, QC, and Martin Pelletier, of Gatineau, QC, who are
representing Canada in this class, will be at the table again tomorrow.
WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL - MEN'S
Canada easily beat Puerto Rico 75-28 in a match that saw some of the
rookies get significant playing time.
"It was an easy match. Puerto Rico is a team in development," said David
Eng. "We let the rookies play and get a feel for what it's like out there on
the court. They kept the intensity up."
Yvon Rouillard, of Montreal, QC, with 16 points, and Ross Norton, of
Edmonton, AB, with 15 points, were Canada's high scorers.
WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL - WOMEN'S
Canada beat Argentina 51-12. Sabrina Pettinicchi, of Charters Settlement,
NB was Canada's high scorer with 9 points, followed by Cindy Ouellet, of
Riviere-du-Loup, QC, with seven points.
On Wednesday, the Canadian women secured a place at the Beijing 2008
Paralympic Games by defeating Mexico 54-31. The team plays El Salvador on
Friday and faces off against the United States on Saturday for the gold.
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