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Canada’s Danielle Dorris claims gold for 2nd Paralympic medal in Tokyo

Canada's Danielle Dorris claims gold for 2nd Paralympic medal in Tokyo

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Canada’s Danielle Dorris has captured a gold medal, breaking the world record for a second time on Friday. 

Dorris had an unbelievable swim in the S7 50-metre butterfly, beating her own world and Paralympic record in a time of 32.99 seconds. 

It’s the second medal at these Games for the Moncton, N.B., athlete, who previously captured a silver in the S7 100-metre backstroke.

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“This [gold medal] means so much more. Fly is very much the event that I love the most, so being able to medal, let alone win gold, is very special to me.”

WATCH | Canada’s Dorris shatters own world record to win gold in Tokyo:

Canada’s Danielle Dorris breaks her own world record to win 1st Paralympic gold

Moncton, N.B. native Danielle Dorris swims to her first Paralympic gold medal following the women’s 50m butterfly S7 final. 4:03

Her achievement closes out her competition run on the last day of the Para swimming competition in Tokyo. 

Mallory Weggemann of the United States won silver, and Giulia Terzi of Italy won bronze. It’s Terzi’s fifth medal in five events in Tokyo.

“I’m very happy. I was not expecting to go that time. I was hoping for a 33 low, I’ll take the 32 high. It couldn’t have gone better,” Dorris said.

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Dorris kicked things off by swimming a world-record 33.51 seconds in her qualifying heat to reach the medal race.

WATCH | Canada’s Dorris awarded her gold medal at Tokyo 2020:

Canadian Para swimmer Danielle Dorris receives 1st Paralympic gold medal

18-year-old Moncton, N.B. native Danielle Dorris takes gold on the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games podium after breaking the world record for a second time on Friday. 3:59

When the 18-year-old dove into the pool during her final, she utilized her expertise under water to pop up ahead of her competition. There was no challenging the swimmer for the gold, as Dorris took it in emphatic fashion.

After she saw her time, Dorris laughed and tipped her head forward, pressing it to the side of the pool. 

The swimmer debuted when she was just 13-years-old in Rio 2016. 

WATCH | Dorris smashes world record in her qualifying heat:

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Canada’s Danielle Dorris sets world record in women’s S7 50m butterfly

Moncton, N.B., native Danielle Dorris swims to a world record at the Tokyo Paralympics with a time of 33.51 in her S7 50m butterfly heat. 2:34

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