Canadian swimmer Tess Routliffe wins second gold of Parapan Am Games

TORONTO - Tess Routliffe won her second gold medal at the 2015 at the 2015 Parapan American GamesGames as Canada continued its impressive showing in the pool.

The native of Caledon, Ont., swam to a gold medal in the S7 100-metre freestyle Wednesday, while teammate Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C., took silver.

It was Routliffe's third medal of the Games, but the 16-year-old said she still learning how to win in the pool.

"Racing, you need to have experience,'' said Routliffe, a dwarf, who won in a Parapan Am Games record one minute 15.46 seconds."The experience helps you a lot because you know what you are dealing with, how to handle stress, how to handle competitors.

"The more experience I get, the more energetic I get. I think I'm taking a handle on it.''

Routliffe won a silver medal at last month's IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. She was fourth in four other races.

"That gave experience on how to race and how to perform,'' said Routliffe, who also won gold in the 50-metre freestyle in Toronto."This is just giving me even more experience.''

Mehain, who has cerebral palsy, led for 150 meters before Routliffe overtook her down the stretch. She finished in 1:19.48.

"Down the last 50 I could see Tess catching up, catching up,'' Mehain said."Then she was passing me. I said 'Sarah, get your butt in gear.'''

Nydia Langill, of Mississauga, Ont., was fourth in 1:33.17.

Canadian swimmers have won 53 medals (14 gold, 23 silver, 16 bronze), second only to Brazil's 55.

The success in the pool has contributed greatly to the host nation's overall success at the at the 2015 Parapan Am Games. Canada was second in the medal standings with 26 gold and 87 total medals after Wednesday's early events. Brazil led with 58 gold an 139 overall.

Canada was in contention for more medals later Wednesday as star swimmer Benoit Huot, of Longueuil, Que., competed in the men's S10 200-metre individual medley.

Also Wednesday, Priscilla Gagne of Sarnia, Ont., took silver in the women's under-52-kilogram judo event, beating Argentina's Rocio Ledesma in her final match to finish second in the rankings behind Brazil's Michele Ferreira.

Elsewhere, Canada lost 8-0 to Brazil in seven-a-side soccer, and Brazil beat Canada 12-2 in men's goalball.

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