(Montreal) Tess Routliffe (S7) was decorated with gold for a second day in a row at the World Para-swimming Series in Aberdeen, United Kingdom. Winner of the 200m medley to open the event on Thursday, the adopted Quebecer added less than 24 hours later by triumphing in the 100m breaststroke.
Routliffe stopped the clock at 1 min 31.31 s during the grand final on Friday, which gave him a total of 1004 points and, therefore, first place in this multi-class start. The German Elena Krawzow (942) and the British Rebecca Redfern (937) completed the podium in this event.
“It’s really good to be able to participate in this competition and to be able to count on a large Canadian delegation. It allows us to see our progress, but also to establish our objectives for the future,” commented the 25-year-old athlete about the first international outing of the season.
What’s more, the Paralympian from the Rio Games took advantage of Thursday to establish a new Canadian mark in the S7 with a time of 2 min 57.67 s in the 200 m medley.
“I’m really happy with the result! I feel that I am exactly where I wanted to be at the start of the season and that is encouraging for the future,” she said after this record race.
Routliffe will have the chance to add to his haul on Saturday, during the 50m butterfly.
Gold and a fifth place for Rivard
Aurélie Rivard (S10) also managed to stand out from the start in Aberdeen, winning the 100m freestyle contested on Thursday. The swimmer from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu was back at the pool on Friday to participate in the 100m backstroke.
In the grand final, Rivard stopped the clock at 1 min 11.37 s, a time good for 816 points and the fifth place in this race won by local athlete Megan Neave (910 points).
Arianna Hunsicker (S10), who won the bronze medal in the 100m freestyle on Thursday, also took part in the 100m backstroke. She reached the B final, where she placed third.
Clémence Paré (S5) was the only other Quebecer to swim for top honors on Friday. And twice rather than once. La Maskoutaine first finished fourth in the A final in the 50m breaststroke, then fifth in the final start in the 50m backstroke contested an hour later.
James Leroux (S9) and Alexander Elliot (S10) swam in a B final on Friday. Leroux finished fourth in his race in the 100m breaststroke, while his teammate achieved the same result in the 100m backstroke.
Also in action during this second day of activities, Félix Cowan (S9), Abi Tripp (S7), Nicolas-Guy Turbide (S13) and Alisson Gobeil (S5) all saw their day end at the end of the waves qualifying.
Competitions will resume on Saturday in Aberdeen with the presentation of the 50m butterfly, 400m freestyle and 200m freestyle.