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Tokyo Paralympics 2020: Canada’s Aurelie Rivard breaks World Record, wins first Gold for country

Canadian swimmer Aurelie Rivard breaks her Own World Record

Canadian swimmer Aurelie Rivard breaks World Record, won the gold medal in women’s S10 100 meter freestyle swimming. This was Canada’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. On her way to the gold, Rivard achieved the feat in a remarkable time of 58.14 seconds. Interestingly, she had already broken the world record and made it hers during the heats leading up to the finals.

Netherland’s swimmers Chantalle Zijdervels and Lisa Kruger occupied the silver and bronze medals positions respectively.

Aurelie’s ecstasy at winning the competition was completely evident as she hit the water with her arms in total exhilaration.

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Aurelie after winning the gold medal

 

The was not the first time in Tokyo Paralympics that she found herself on the podium. She has already won the bronze in S10 50m freestyle event.

The S10 50m event was Aurelie’s first chance to defend one of her Paralympic titles. But her bronze medal win left her unsatisfied.

Heading into this event, Rivard looked in the form of her life as she came out all guns blazing and demolished the world record in the heats itself. She swam through the whole distance of 100m in just 58.60 seconds.

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Aurelie in action

 

But she saved her best for the last as she shaved off 44 seconds of the world record she set in the heats.

Rivard performance in Rio & London

Rivard is not new to winning a ton of medals at the grandest stage of them all – the Paralympics. She has already won three gold medals at the 2016 Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Apart from this Rivard also has a silver medal to show from her participation in the 2012 ParalympiC games in London, UK. With a total of seven Paralympic medals in her bag, Rivard is no short of a Canadian Paralympic legend.

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Rohit Kumar
Rohit Kumarhttp://thesportslite.com/
A seccond-year political science honours student at Delhi University who has won many accolades in quizzes, debates, creative writing, MUNs and many more. An ardent sports enthusiast who's been following the Olympics since he was 13.
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