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McGill swimmer Grand’Maison strikes gold at Paralympic Games

McGill’s Valerie Grand’Maison became the fifth Canadian to win a gold medal at the Paralympic Games, Friday.

The 24-year-old swimmer from Fleurimont, Que., won the women’s 200-metre individual medley in a visually impaired class in world-record time. She eclipsed the previous mark with a time of two minutes, 27.64 seconds.

“I was not expecting a world record,” said Grand’Maison, a psychology and history senior at McGill. “I did not expect to go that fast. That’s the best prize, to be surprised at myself.”

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Grand’Maison takes two Paralympic silver medals, two more events to come

By McGill Reporter Staff

Valérie Grand’Maison of the McGill swim team followed her silver medal performance in the women’s S13 50-metre freestyle on Saturday with another silver in the women’s s13 100-metre freestyle on Sunday at the Paralympic Games in London.

In both races, the 23-year-old native of Fleurimont, Que., was edged out by longtime rival Kelly Becherer of the U.S.

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