October 19, 2021

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Paralympic Games | Aurelie Rewards won Canada’s first gold medal

Paralympic Games |  Aurelie Rewards won Canada's first gold medal

(Tokyo) Aurelie Reward wins Canada’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.


The 25-year-old swimmer from Saint-Jean-Sir-Richelieu broke his own world record in the preliminary and final of the 100m freestyle S10 on Saturday.

Quebecer Brent Lacatos added a silver medal to the Canadian track and field in the T54 5,000m race.

Canada won eight medals in the first four days of operations in Tokyo.

Born with an underdeveloped left hand, Reward hit the wall in 58.14 seconds, beating Dutch chantelle Zizderweld by more than two seconds.

Photo by Marco Jurica, rules

Aurelie Reward, in the middle

This is the second medal for Reward in Tokyo and the seventh in his career at the Paralympic Games. She was Canada’s flag bearer at the 2016 closing ceremony in Rio after winning three gold medals.

Reward’s first competition since the start of the Tokyo Paralympic Games COVID-19 pandemic.

For his part, Lakatos earned money to start his busy schedule in Tokyo. The 41-year-old from Dorval, Lakatos plans to race all distances from the 100m to the marathon in Tokyo.

Lacatos has eight medals in his collection at five Paralympic exhibitions.

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