The crowd in Montreal, Canada at the IPC Swimming World Championships had reason to cheer right from the get go as Quebec native Benoit Huot won the men’s 200 IM SM10 in a time of 2:10.34. The nine time Paralympic gold medalist just missed his own world record of 2:10.01, a record he set last summer in London.
Fellow Quebecer Valerie Grand’Maison won her second gold and Canada’s third gold of the competition taking the women’s 50 freestyle S13 in a time of 27.96. Grand’Maison finished just ahead of Russian Anna Krivshina who finished in a time of 28.00.
The Ukrainian team picked up five more gold on the evening and continued to pull away in the medal standings. They lead with a total of 48 medals (19 gold, 12 silver and 17 bronze). Although Great Britain was impressive on the evening collecting four gold, finishing the night with a total of 37 medals (12 gold, 15 silver and 17 bronze) they find themselves 11 total medals behind the Ukrainians. The Brits were followed by the Russians who have a total of 30 medals (11 gold, 11 silver and 8 bronze).
The top three teams are well ahead of the rest of the competition as the team with the next best total medal count is Brazil with 17.
Unlike the first three days of the competition there was only one world record broken on the evening as Eleanor Simmonds of Great Britain won the women’s 200 IM SM6 in a time of 3:04.41. She beat her own world record of 3:05.39, which she set at the Paralympics last summer.
Brazilian Daniel Dias added to his record career medal total with a win in the men’s 200 IM SM5 finishing in a time of 2:50.02.
Full results can be found here.