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.