PREVIEW: Tripp to swim first race at Tokyo, Roxon and Bird chase 2nd podium

Four swimmers to race Wednesday at the Paralympics

Katarina Roxon at the 2020 Paralympic Games, preparing for race. SWIMMING CANADA

The Canadian swimming team is now on day seven of the Paralympics and has racked up five medals: one gold, two silver and two bronze. 

On Wednesday in Tokyo there is a chance to increase the medal count with four strong swimmers, racing to qualify for the finals. 

Abi Tripp

The 20-year-old will be competing for a spot in the women’s 100-metre breaststroke SB7 finals. 

A Kingston, Ont. native, she placed fifth in this event in the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London. 

During her most recent races, she captured gold at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto in the 100-metre breaststroke multi-class final.

Katarina Roxon 

After having a podium spot slip between her fingers during the women’s 100-metre breaststroke SB8 final, the Newfoundlander will contend for a spot in the 200-metre medley SM9 final. 

With two final races and a relay silver medal already under her belt at Tokyo 2020, the 28-year-old has experience over some of her opponents and will be able to use that to her advantage. 

At the Rio Paralympics, Roxon finished seventh in the 200-metre individual medley, followed by earning silver at the 2018 Pan Pacific Para Swimming Championship. 

Morgan Bird 

The 27-year-old Calgary, Alta. native will be competing for a spot in the women’s 50-metre freestyle S8 finals, making her third Paralympic appearance.

Bird captured a silver medal in the same race at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials in Toronto.

When she was in Rio, she placed seventh in the 50-metre freestyle, setting a Canadian record with a time of 31.29 seconds.

Alec Elliot 

The Kitchener, Ont. native will be gunning for a spot in the men’s 400-metre freestyle S10 final. 

This is the 25-year-old’s second Paralympic appearance, placing 11th in this event in Rio.

Elliot has an impressive background in the 400-metre freestyle, claiming the bronze at the 2019 London World Para Swimming Championships and capturing the gold at the 2019 Canadian Swimming Trials. 

All races will be available to watch online.

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Posted: Aug 31 2021 1:21 pm
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