Rivard breaks own world record in women’s 400m freestyle swimming

 

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Aurelie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec broke her own world record in the women’s 400 metre freestyle swimming event in the S10 classification. Rivard broke her own world record with a time of 4:29.27 on Thursday at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships in Cairns, Australia.

Rivard, who has an impairment in her left hand, had the previous world record of 4:29.96 at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It was one of three gold medals Rivard won at the 2016 Paralympic Games, as she also won the women’s 50 metre freestyle and the women’s 100 metre freestyle.

Rivard also has the world records in the women’s 50 metre freestyle and the women’s 100 metre freestyle. She set the world record in the women’s 50 metre freestyle at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro with a time of 27.37 and the world record in the women’s 100 metre freestyle at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto with a time of 59.17.

In other Canadian swimming news, Taylor Ruck of Kelowna, British Columbia set the Commonwealth record in the women’s 200 metre freestyle with a time of 1:54.44. Ruck set the record in winning the gold medal at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Tokyo. She previously held the Commonwealth record of 1:54.81 which was set at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. Federica Pellegrini of Italy has the world record in the women’s 200 metre freestyle swimming event. She set the record at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships in Rome with a time of 1:52.98.

 

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