Canada and Venezuela land swimming golds

Two more Parapan American Games records fall on the fifth morning of the swimming competition at Toronto 2015. 12 Aug 2015
Tess Routliffe swimming in the pool. Her head is just above water and facing the camera.

Tess Routliffe competes during the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games

ⒸScott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee
By Hernan Goldzycher

Canada and Venezuela took the two morning gold medals in swimming on Wednesday (12 August), the fifth day of competition at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.

A Canadian one-two came in the women's 100m freestyle S7 with Tess Routliffe (1:15.46) claiming her second gold medal at Toronto 2015 with a Games record. She finished ahead of teammate Sarah Mehain (1:19.48) whilst Mexico’s Jessica Hernandez (1:25.24) collected the bronze.

"You always want to be doing your best. I gotta keep moving forward. This is one step closer," Routliffe said. "The Rio 2016 Paralympic Games are my dream. That is the goal," she added.

Venezuela’s Belkys Mota (5:14.52) stepped onto the top of the podium in the women's 400m freestyle S13 with a Games record, giving her country the second swimming gold medal at Toronto 2015. Brazil’s Raquel Viel (5:16.25) sealed silver, whilst the USA’s McClain Hermes (5:31.90) was third.

This evening’s session will feature 15 medal events.