Aurélie Rivard's Paralympic title defence has begun with a berth in the 50m freestyle final

Aurélie Rivard, a five-time Paralympic medalist and world record holder

Aurélie Rivard, a five-time Paralympic medalist and world record holder, will compete in the women's S10 50m freestyle final at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Rivard, who won gold in the event at Rio 2016, finished second in her heat with a time of 27.74 seconds, nearly a full second slower than her world-record time of 27.37 seconds.

The native of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., will compete in the Paralympic final on Wednesday at 6:12 a.m. ET.

Rivard is the most decorated female Paralympian in Canada, with four podium finishes in Rio. But, having not raced in a meet in 18 months due to the pandemic, she enters Tokyo with some reservations.

"To be honest, just for me, having rivals next to me is a bonus and a good thing, because I haven't had any for almost two years," ahead of Tokyo 2020, she told the Canadian Press.

Aurélie Rivard, a five-time Paralympic medalist and world record holder, will compete in the women's S10 50m freestyle final at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Rivard, who won gold in the event at Rio 2016, finished second in her heat with a time of 27.74 seconds, nearly a full second slower than her world-record time of 27.37 seconds.

The native of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., will compete in the Paralympic final on Wednesday at 6:12 a.m. ET.

Rivard is the most decorated female Paralympian in Canada, with four podium finishes in Rio. But, having not raced in a meet in 18 months due to the pandemic, she enters Tokyo with some reservations.

"To be honest, having opponents next to me is a plus and a wonderful thing for me, because I haven't had any for over two years," she said ahead of Tokyo 2020 to the Canadian Press.

 

Source:- CBC

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