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Great Britain Leads Paralympic Medal Count Through Day Five; USA Sixth -- September 26, 2004

ATHENS, Greece, September 26. THROUGH five days of exciting swimming Great Britain leads in both overall medals and Golds. The USA stands sixth in overall podium appearances but is third in trips to the top platform, as reported by USOC Media and Paralympic Staff.

SWIMMING
MEDAL COUNT

TEAM USA
GOLD 8
SILVER 2
BRONZE 7
Total 17

OVERALL STANDINGS
Great Britain 29
Spain 23
China 22
Australia 21
Canada 18

GOLD MEDAL STANDINGS
Great Britain 11
Spain 9
USA 8
Canada 8
Ukraine /China 7

Michael DeMarco led off the night for Team USA earning a Bronze medal in the Men’s SB2 50m Breaststroke, in an American Record time of 1:03.20. This was his first Games and first Paralympic medal.

In the Women’s SM10 200m Individual Medley, Mikhaila Rutherford easily swam away with the Gold, beating her nearest competitor by nearly 5 seconds. Her time of 2:38.10 was a new American Record, breaking the previous time of 2:42.93 that she had set in the morning preliminaries.

Rutherford’s Gold brings her medal tally to two as she finished second in the Women’s SB8 100m Breaststroke two nights ago. Rutherford also competes in the Women’s S10 100m Backstroke on the 25th. Rutherford is the current World Record holder and defending World Champion in that event and hopes to earn her second Gold medal of the Games in that event.

NEWS & NOTABLES….
10 of 11 individual swims advanced to the finals on Day 5.

Team USA set 4 American and 1 Pan American Record in the Preliminaries of Day 5.

Team USA set 7 American and 2 Pan American Records in the Finals of Day 5.

The US Team placed 3 finalists in the SM9 Men’s 200 Individual Medley. Michael Prout, Cody Bureau and Jarrett Perry finished 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.