By Jim Morris
TORONTO - Like a good appetizer before the main course Nathan Stein (SKSC) and Alec Elliot got the taste buds tingling with a pair of medals during Monday’s morning swimming at the 2015 Toronto Parapan American Games.
Stein, of Maple Ridge, B.C., won silver in the S10 100-meter butterfly in 58.52 seconds. Elliot, of Kitchener, Ont., was third in 58.86. That set the table for the evening session where Canadian swimmers are expected to heap more medals on the country’s plate.
Heading into Monday night Canada has won 26 swimming medals (six gold, 10 silver, 10 bronze).
Brazil’s Andre Brasil, the world record holder in the 100-m fly event, won the race in a Parapan Am record time of 56.72.
“I was really trying to reel him in at the 75-meter mark,” said Stein, who has a condition called osteochodritis discans which has resulted in him having 11 surgeries on his leg. “I started to seize up.
“The silver is always good, especially on home soil. It was not quite the time I wanted but it was still a good race.”
The medal was Elliot’s second bronze of the meet, going with his third in the 100-m breaststroke.
“It was a good race,” he said. “It was a little bit off my best time.
“It was good for a morning final.”
Stein will be back in the water Monday night looking for a podium finish in the 50-meter freestyle.
The competition has attracted 228 athletes from 19 countries to the Parapan Am Aquatic Centre and Field House.
For full results go to http://results.toronto2015.org/PRS/en/swimming/schedule-and-results.htm.