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Monday, October 23, 2000
B.C.'s Walter Wu wins swimming silver

 SYDNEY (CSN) -- World champion Walter Wu of Richmond, B.C., won the silver medal but lost his world record in the men's 400-metre freestyle Monday in a quiet day at the pool for Canada with only three swimmers in action at the Paralympic Games.

 The Canadian swim team dominated the meet in the first three days collecting 20 medals. With Wu's silver Canada now has eight gold, eight silver and five bronze in the pool. There are only five returnees from 1996 among the 24-member swim team. The average age is 18.5 years-old.

 In the S13, men's 400 freestyle for visually impaired swimmers, Enrique Floriano of Spain broke Wu's mark of 4:21.08 set at the 1996 Paralympics, clocking 4:16.20. Wu, 28, followed in a personal best 4:20.23 and Chris Fox of Britain was third in 4:22.06.

 Wu, who lists the late Victor Davis as his inspiration, has been one of Canada's most successful swimmers with a disability. He won five gold medals at the 1996 Games and in 1998 notched seven gold at the world blind sports championships. He also won silver this weekend in the 200 individual medley.

 Marie Dannhaeuser of London, Ont., was fourth in her 200 freestyle clocking 3:21.18.

 Competition continues Tuesday.

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