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Thursday, October 26, 2000
Wu, relay set swimming world records

 SYDNEY (CSN) -- Walter Wu of Richmond, B.C., broke one of the oldest world records in the books and the women's relay added a second win, also in world record time, Thursday in swimming action at the Paralympic Games.

 Brian Hill of Duncan, B.C., added a silver. Canada now stands at 33 medals (15 gold- 11 silver- seven bronze) in the pool.

 In the men's S13 100-metre butterfly for visually impaired, Wu earned his first gold of the Games clocking 1:00.87. It lowered the previous world mark of 1:01.30 set by Canadian Michael Edgson in 1990. Brian Hill of Duncan, B.C., kept pace with Wu for 75 metres and was second in 1:02.79.

 "To be honest, that's one world record I thought I would have never broken," said Wu, 27, a five-time Paralympic champion in 1996 and a seven-time world champion in 1998. "But it's taken a world record in almost every race in my category to get a gold at these Games."

 The victory was extra special for Wu who won it on his mother's birthday. She is in Sydney to watch him compete.

 Hill was also relieved to win his first career Paralympic medal. He was ranked number-one in the world in three events entering the Games including the 100 butterfly.

 "It feels so good to finally get a medal," said Hill, 17. "I had been disappointed with my showing so far. I was hurting so much at the end that I hardly remember anything about the race. Walter pulled ahead of me on the last length and I just had to put my head down to the wall."

 In the women's 4X10 freestyle relay, the all-teenage tandem of Jessica Sloan of Calgary, Danielle Campo of Windsor, Ont., Andrea Cole of Thunder Bay, Ont., and anchor Stephanie Dixon of Caledon, Ont., clocked four minutes and 38.01 seconds. It eclipsed the previous world standard of 4:48.79 set in 1998 by a Canadian team that also included Sloan and Campo.

 "I think a big factor for us was that everyone was confident because of our success this week," said Sloan, 17, Canada's individual swimming star at the Games with four gold medals and four world records. "We know we're number-one and that the other teams are intimidated after seeing us go up on the podium so much this week."

 The U.S., was second in 4:45.57 and Australia third in 4:48.34.

 Swimming competition ends Saturday.

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