PREVIEW: Final day of swimming competition in Tokyo

Rivard looks to go six for six

Danielle Dorris
Danielle Dorris, pictured here during the finals of the 200-metre medley S7, looks to get back on the podium Friday  Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Eight Canadians have the opportunity to leave their mark in the pool heading into the final day of swimming competition at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. 

So far, Canadian swimmers have earned seven of Canada’s 18 medals. 

Superstar Aurélie Rivard headlines the group; she is in prime position to continue her string of historic performances on Friday. 

Aurélie Rivard 

The 25-year-old’s final event will be the 200-metre individual medley SM10.

She currently has five medals in five events in Tokyo: two gold, one silver and one bronze, eclipsing the four medals she earned in Rio 2016. 

The Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu native now has 10 medals across three Paralympic games to go along with two world records set in Tokyo. 

Alexander ‘Alec’ Elliot

Elliot will compete in the men’s 200-metre individual medley SM10. He is coming off of a fifth-place finish in the finals of the 400-metre freestyle on Wednesday. 

Friday will be the fourth event of the Games for the 25-year-old, who previously finished fifth in the 100-metre butterfly and competed in the 50-metre freestyle. 

The Kitchener, Ont. native set two personal bests in the 100-metre butterfly. 

Shelby Newkirk 

Newkirk, 25, will be wrapping up her first Paralympic appearance with the women’s 100-metre backstroke S6.

The Saskatoon, Sask. native previously competed in the 100-metre freestyle S7 and the 50-metre freestyle S6.

She won a silver in the 100-metre backstroke S7 at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London. 

Danielle Dorris 

One of three swimmers to win a medal in an individual event in Tokyo, Dorris will close out her second Paralympics with the women’s 50-metre butterfly S7. The Moncton, N.B. native previously competed in the 100-metre backstroke and 200-metre medley. 

Now 18, Dorris became Canada’s youngest Paralympic swimmer ever when she earned a spot at Rio 2016 at age 13. 

Camille Bérubé

In her third Paralympics, the 26-year-old from Gatineau, Que. will join Dorris in the 50-metre S7 butterfly. 

Bérubé has two fifth-place and an eighth-place finish through four events in Tokyo, competing in both the SB6 and SM7 classifications. 

Morgan Bird

Part of the 4×100 relay medley 34 pts team that was disqualified on Thursday, 27-year-old Bird is back at it Friday with the women’s 50-metre butterfly S7. 

After finishing sixth in the 50-metre freestyle S8, the Calgary, Alta. native advances directly to the final of the S7 butterfly. She also won a bronze as a part of the 4×100-metre freestyle relay team. 

Tammy Cunnington

In her third event at the Games, the 45-year-old Albertan looks to qualify for her first finals in the women’s 50-metre backstroke S4.

In her second Paralympic experience, Cunnington also competed in the 50-metre breaststroke SB3 and the 150-metre medley SM4. 

Matthew Cabraja 

The 19-year-old will wrap up his first Paralympics with the men’s 100-metre butterfly S11. 

The Brampton, Ont. native finished seventh in the 400-metre freestyle S11 finals and competed in the 100-metre backstroke and 50-metre freestyle. 

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Posted: Sep 2 2021 2:11 pm
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