Fast start propels Canada’s Danielle Dorris to silver medal

Canadian Paralympic Committee

August 30, 2021

First Paralympic Games podium for 18-year-old Para swimmer


Danielle Dorris of Moncton, N.B. produced a fantastic first length and roared to a silver medal in the women’s 100m backstroke S7 at the Paralympic Games.

It was the first career medal at the Games for Dorris, Team Canada’s youngest athlete in Rio five years ago. On Friday, she missed the podium in the 200m individual medley by a mere 0.05 seconds.

Mallory Weggemann of the U.S. reeled in Dorris on the last stretch to take the 100 back gold in a Games record one minute and 21.27 seconds. Dorris, more than a half second ahead of Weggemann at the turn, clocked 1:21.91 and Julia Gaffney of the U.S. was third in 1:22.02.

Camille Bérubé of Gatineau, Que. was fifth.

Dorris earned Canada’s 12th medal of the Games (one gold, seven silver and four bronze).

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