Canadians collected a medal of each colour at the Para swimming world championships on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Nicholas Bennett added silver in the men’s SM14 200m individual medley.
Dorris, the 19-year-old from Moncton, N.B., previously won silver in the 100m backstroke in Portugal, leaving her with the same gold-silver combination she took home from the Tokyo Paralympics.
She said Thursday’s race also represented a season-best time.
“I’m feeling ecstatic right now. That’s my first gold medal at a world championship meet. It’s kinda surreal. Yes, I medalled yesterday but this is a gold medal — a little level up from that,” Dorris said in an interview posted to the Canadian Paralympic Committee Twitter account.
🥇 <a href=”https://twitter.com/DDorrisS7?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@DDorrisS7</a> swims to a championship record in the Women’s 50m Butterfly S7 Final with🥉 <a href=”https://twitter.com/TessRoutliffe?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@TessRoutliffe</a> taking the bronze! <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/DoubleTrouble?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#DoubleTrouble</a> 👯 <a href=”https://twitter.com/SwimmingCanada?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@SwimmingCanada</a> <a href=”https://t.co/9von5oSnZi”>pic.twitter.com/9von5oSnZi</a>
The Caledon, Ont., native credited her individual medley preparation for improving her butterfly.
“We really wanted to make my fly more consistent and I think that’s exactly what we were able to do. That was the best time for me. I’ve really been working on fly and trying to get that together so I just raced the person next to me and had fun,” Routliffe, 23, said.
Bennett, now 18, was the youngest member of the Canadian Paralympic team in Tokyo, where he lowered the national record in each of his events but failed to reach the podium.
Worlds, then, marked a natural progression. The Parksville, B.C. swam a time of 2:10.23 to earn his second medal in Portugal after also snagging silver in the SM14 200m freestyle.
Nicholas Bennett swims to his second World Championships medal, a silver in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley SM14 Final 🥈 <a href=”https://twitter.com/SwimmingCanada?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@SwimmingCanada</a> <a href=”https://t.co/ki2UexNuLp”>pic.twitter.com/ki2UexNuLp</a>
It’s not the first major international meet at which Bennett’s had success either — he scored four medals at the 2019 Parapan Am Games, including three gold.
Earlier, a pair of Canadians experienced near podium misses as Felix Cowan and Abi Tripp touched fourth in their respective men’s and women’s S8 50m freestyle finals.
The letter/number modifiers in the event name indicate classification.
Swimmers are organized into different categories depending on the severity of their disability.
Classification can also be broken down by discipline: S indicates freestyle, butterfly and backstroke; SB is breaststroke; and SM represents individual medley.
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More than 600 athletes from over 70 nations are competing, with 31 swimmers representing Canada.