By Jim Morris (edited)
RIO DE JANEIRO – SOME OF THE YOUNG GUNS GAVE IT THEIR BEST SHOT BUT CAME UP JUST SHORT OF A MEDAL MONDAY NIGHT AT THE 2016 PARALYMPICS.
Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C., and Alec Elliot of Kitchener, Ont., both just missed the podium with fourth-places finishes. Samantha Ryan of Saskatoon and Nathan Stein (SKSC) of Maple Ridge, B.C., were fifth in their races.
Mehain was out-touched at the wall by New Zealand’s Nikita Howarth in the S7 50-m butterfly.
“It’s very hard to be in fourth position and know how close you were to getting a medal,” said Mehain, 21, who swam a personal best time of 36.46 seconds.
“I’m really happy with my race. I know I prepared the best I could. It’s just one of those things. I was close to a medal but it wasn’t quite enough.”
Stein enjoyed the race.
“It was a lot of fun,” he said. “I felt really relaxed, almost too relaxed. I probably should have got at it a little earlier.
“It was a complete race. I just ran out of it near the flags.”
Craig McCord, head coach of the Para-swimming team, said the results show just how close the Canadian swimmers have been in a very competitive field.
“We’re in the biggest reality TV show in the world,” said McCord. “Nothing is scripted. Things go down.
“It’s like hockey. You get a good bounce; you get a bad bounce. We’ve been on the opposite side of the podium numerous times in the last five days. Its just the way the bounces go.”
In other results for our BC Athletes:
- Tyler Mrak (SKSC) was 13th in 400m Free with a time of 4:46.12. As well, Tyler finished 11th in the 10m Breast with a time of 1:15.69
- Nathan Stein (SKSC) was 5th in 50 Free with a time of 24.00
- Nathan Clement (WVOSC) was 7th in 50 Fly with a time of 33.13 (New Canadian Record)