IPC Swimming World Championships
12-18 August

Montreal 2013 - Day four flashquotes

Read what the athletes said when they came off the water. 16 Aug 2013
Montreal 2013 Day 1 heats

Swimmers begin their World Championship campaign on day 1 (August 12) of Montreal 2013

ⒸMathieu Pothier

"Only one year away from London, it's very exciting to be able to face the world again!"

Evening Session


Men's 200m individual medley SM10


Gold medalist - Benoit Huot (CAN)


"Things in Paralympic Sport have changed so much! Look where we are today! We talk about this event in the media, this is very special! But still a lot of work to be done."


Men's 100m Breaststroke SB8


Bronze medalist - Krzysztof Paterka (POL)


"I just won a bronze medal and I didn't expect that! I worked this year so it was really difficult to do my training to prepare for these championships. My time is even a little better than in London so I'm really happy."


Women's 100m breaststroke SB8


Gold medalist - Olesya Vladykina (RUS)


"I'm glad but I don't feel it yet. I think my time could have been better but I'm just happy to be first! Now I can finish my sports career with a gold medal!"


Men's 200m individual medley SM5


Bronze medalist - Antonios Tsapatakis (GRE)


"I didn't have that medal in my thought. I felt very tired today because before I already had two races. It's going pretty well, I'm happy for myself, my friends, my family in Crete and my coach! I would like to thank everybody who helps and supports me!"


Women's 200m individual medley SM5


Gold medalist - Sarah Louise Rung (NOR)


"I'm very glad although it's not my best time - again. I know I can do better times but I'm very happy with the race."


Women's 50m freestyle S13


Gold medalist - Valerie Grand'Maison (CAN)


"These were the toughest 50m free in my life! The other races I felt more pressure but not in this one. I never won a 50m free in my life before so I'm really happy!"


Men's 50m freestyle S12


Gold medalist - Maksym Veraksa (UKR)


"The whole Ukrainian team is doing a great job starting from the president to every athlete. That's what makes our team so strong. I would love to work for the Paralympic Movement, the Paralympic Committee in the future!


Women's 100m freestyle S4


Gold medalist - Nely Miranda Herrera (MEX)


"Yes I am very happy, really really happy. Nely Miranda is back in Paralympic sport with great achievements winning two gold medals for Mexico. I am very very excited"


Women's 50m freestyle S12


Gold medalist - Hannah Russell (GBR)


"I'm not the kind of athlete who likes listening to music, I just want to visualise my races. Coming from London I came fourth, to compete against all the competitors in my class and actually get that step further is amazing! To be honest, I wasn't expecting any medals when I came here. I just wanted to compete and see where it gets me!"


Morning Session


Men's 200m individual medley SM10


Fourth fastest qualifier - Andre Brasil (BRA)


"I know that the guys swam easy this morning just to qualify. In the final we will push to more than 100 percent and we will see what is going to happen. You never know who will win, we have some awesome guys swimming but of course I hope it will be me"


World record holder and fastest qualifier - Benoit Huot (CAN)


"The heat could have been better but it could have been worse. It's a good start and it's good to be home. I live around ten minutes from here and my friends and family will come and cheer tonight!


"Andre, Sven, everybody - we are all good friends and I'm looking forward to swim against them.

Only one year away from London, it's very exciting to be able to face the world again!"


Women's 50m freestyle S13


Second fastest qualifier - Martha Ruether (USA)


"These are my first world championships and I don't really know who will be my biggest rivals for tonight. I'm just trying to swim for myself and I'm looking very much forward to the final."


Men's 100m freestyle S4


Fifth fastest qualifier - David Smetanine (FRA)


"My race was not too bad. It was okay, I mean I had a break and couldn't train for four months because of an injury in my legs. I've been back in training for one month, so of course this was not my best time. Tonight I want to swim faster especially on the second 50."



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