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14 September 2008

Canadians excel in 2008 Paralympics

Canada's athletes have won 50 medals at the Paralympic Games in Beijing, China - with 19 gold, 10 silver, and 21 bronze. Canada rated 7th in gold and tenth overall out of 148 countries.

The Sailing team won 3 medals. Paul Tingley (Halifax NS) won gold in 1P keelboat (2.4mR), the first sailing gold in a Paralympic games. John Scott McRoberts (Victoria, BC) and Stacie Louttit (Victoria, BC) won bronze in 2P keelboat.

The Swimming team won 21 medals. In Women's 200m individual medley, Chelsey Gotell (Antigonish, NS) won gold with a new world record with 5 medals overall. Kirby Cote (Winnipeg, MB) and Valerie Grand'Maison (Montreal, QC), with 5 medals, were second and third. The three won again in the women's 100m butterfly, but in a different order. Stephanie Dixon (Victoria, BC) with 4 medals, won gold in the women's 100-metre backstroke and broke her own world record. Benoit Huo won 3 medals, and Anne Polinario won a gold. [2008 Paralympics | Canada - 2008 Paralympics ]

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