Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Two Canadian sailing crews are in medal positions heading into Saturday’s final race at the Paralympic Games.
All three Canadian boats sailed two races today for a total of 10 races per event on the sailing scoreboard. One race remains tomorrow to determine the Paralympic sailing medals.
Canada is currently positioned in second place in the SKUD (2-person boat) with John McRoberts and Jackie Gay of Victoria and third overall in the Sonar (3-person boat) with Paul Tingley, Halifax; Logan Campbell, Saskatoon; Scott Lutes, Montreal.
In a big wheelchair rugby game tonight, Canada lost to Australia 63-62 in overtime in a rematch of the gold medal final in London won by the Aussies four years ago. The Canadians finish the preliminary round with two wins and a loss.
They play their arch rivals the Americans on Saturday afternoon at 12:45 p.m. in the semi-final.
The Canadians also trailed by one point after the second and third quarters. Australia won the three-minute OT 7-6. Zak Madell of Okotoks, Alta., once again led the Canadian attack with 39 goals.
Canada did not step on the podium Friday after compiling 11 medals over the past two days. Canada remains 13th overall in the country standings with seven gold, nine silver and eight bronze for 24 total.
In para-cycling, four Canadians competed today with Marie-Eve Croteau of Quebec City, Quebec, the top finisher in fourth place in the Women’s combined T1-T2 30 kilometre road race. Croteau and Shelley Gautier of Toronto raced in the combined with Gautier finishing sixth. Gautier was the only competitor in the T1 category.
In the 71.1 kilometre road race for the combined men’s C1, C2 and C3 categories, Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, BC, finished 15th overall, the third C2 finisher, despite a first lap crash that damaged his bike and separated his shoulder. Ross Wilson of Edmonton, a C1 athlete, and Michael Sametz of Calgary, a C3 rider, did not finish.
In athletics, Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., will get a shot at a fourth medal at the Games. Lakatos, Curtis Thom of Mississauga, Ont., Tristan Smyth of Maple Ridge, B.C., and Alex Dupont of Clarenceville, Que., clocked 3:11.41 and advanced to tomorrow’s final of the T53/54 4×400-metres relay.
The Canadian women’s Paralympic wheelchair basketball team placed fifth with a 63-52 win over China on Friday afternoon at the Rio Olympic Arena. Cindy Ouellet, of Quebec City, had a game-best 20 points with Rosalie Lalonde of St-Clet, Que., adding 19.
There were three Canadian finalists in para-swimming: Tess Routliffe of Caledon, Ont., was sixth in the women’s S7 100-m freestyle; Morgan Bird of Calgary seventh in the women’s 50-m freestyle and Zack McAllister of Lethbridge, Alta., was eighth in the men’s S8 50-m freestyle.
Routliffe and Bird each broke a Canadian record as the did Canada’s women’s 4X100-medley relay which placed fifth with Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., Katarina Roxon of Kippens, N.L., Danielle Dorris of Moncton, N.B., and Bird.
Canada’s Lauren Barwick closed out the para-dressage competition with a sixth place finish in the Grade II Freestyle. Barwick’s freestyle performance showed her experience, strength and determination. Upon entering the stadium, her partner Onyx, a 13-year-old Hanoverian gelding found the crowded venue and cooler, windy weather a bit overwhelming. However, Barwick calmly carried on and opted to move forward into competition.
In para-archery, Karen Van Nest of Wiarton, Ont., was eliminated in the round of 16 dropping her opening match to Nur Syahidah of Singapore 140-135 in the women’s individual compound,
How Canadians did Friday, September 16, 2016 at the Paralympic Games in Rio (all times Rio time)
Women’s individual compound: Karen Van Nest, Wiarton, Ont., lost in the round of 16 to Nur Syahidah, Singapore, 140-135.
Men’s T53-54 4X400-m relay: Canada was fourth in heats to advance to final on Saturday. Canadian racers were Brent Lakatos, Dorval, Que., Curtis Thom, Mississauga, Ont., Tristan Smyth, Maple Ridge, B.C., and Alexandre Dupont, St-Rémi, Que.
Men’s road race C1-2-3: Tristen Chernove, Powell River, B.C., was 15th. Michael Sametz, Calgary, and Ross Wilson, Sherwood Park, Alta., did not finish.
Women’s T1-2 road race: Marie-Ève Croteau, Lemoyne, Que., placed fourth and Shelley Gautier, Toronto, sixth.
Individual freestyle test grace II : Lauren Barwick, Ruddock, Florida, sixth.
2-person keelboat (Skud 18): John McRoberts, Victoria and Jackie Gay, Victoria – second in race 09 and sixth in race 10. They are second overall after 10 of 11 races.
3-person keelboat (Sonar): Paul Tingley, Halifax; Logan Campbell, Saskatoon; Scott Lutes, Montreal – seventh in race 09 and second in race 10. They are third after 10 of 11 races.
1-person keelboat (2.4mR): Bruce Millar, Victoria, seventh in race 09 and eighth in race 10. He is ninth after 10 of 11 races.
Men’s S7 100-m freestyle: Jean-Michel Lavallière, Quebec City, was 12th in heats and did not advance.
Women’s S7 100-m freestyle: Tess Routliffe, Caledon, Ont., was sixth in final.
Men’s S8 50-m freestyle: Zack McAllister, Lethbridge, Alta., was eighth in final.
Women’s S8 50-m freestyle: Morgan Bird, Calgary was seventh in final. Abi Tripp, Kingston, Ont., and Sabrina Duchesne, Quebec City, were 10th and 13th in heats and did not advance.
Men’s S13 100-m freestyle: Tyler Mrak, West Vancouver, was 22nd in heats and did not advance.
Women’s 4X100 medley relay 34 points: Canada was fifth with Aurélie Rivard, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., Katarina Roxon, Kippens, N.L., Danielle Dorris, Moncton, N.B., and Morgan Bird, Calgary.
3:15 p.m.: women’s fifth-sixth place game: Canada defeated China 63-52 to place fifth. Cindy Ouellet, Quebec City, led Canada with 20 points.
Preliminary round – Canada lost 63-62 to Australia to finish with two wins and one loss in the preliminary round. Canada advances to the semi-final Saturday against the United States at 12:45 p.m.
Canadians in action on Saturday September 17, 2016 at the Paralympic Games in Rio (all times Rio time)
10 a.m.: Diane Roy, Sherbrooke, Que., women’s T54 800-m heats. Final at 5:53 p.m.
10:16 a.m.: Ilana Dupont, Saskatoon, women’s T53 800-m heats. Final at 5:46 p.m.
11:05 a.m.: Michelle Stilwell, Parksville, B.C., women’s T52 100-m FINAL.
12:24 p.m.: Marissa Papaconstantinou, Toronto, women’s T44 10-m heats. Final at 8:34 p.m.
5:30 p.m.: men’s 4X400-m relay FINAL.
5:36 p.m.: Jennifer Brown, Calgary and Renee Foessel, Mississauga, Ont., women’s F38 discus FINAL.
9:30 a.m.: Nicole Clermont, St-Denis-de-Brompton, Que., Marie-Claude Molnar, Lemoyne, Que., women’s C4-5 road race.
1 p.m.: Daniel Chalifour, Ste-Thérèse, Que., and pilot Jean-Michel Lachance, Quebec City, men’s B road race.
1:05 p.m.: Shawna Ryan, Saskatoon and pilot Joanie Caron, Rimouski, Que., as well as Robbi Weldon, Thunder Bay, Ont., and pilot Audrey Lemieux, Alma, Que., women’s B road race.
12:05 p.m.: John McRoberts, Victoria and Jackie Gay, Victoria 2-person keelboat (Skud 18) – 11th and final race.
12:05 p.m.: Paul Tingley, Halifax; Logan Campbell, Saskatoon; Scott Lutes, Montreal 3-person keelboat (Sonar) – 11th and final race.
12:15 pm.: Bruce Millar, Victoria, 1-person keelboat (2.4mR) – 11th and final race.
10:03 a.m.: Morgan Bird, Calgary, women’s SM8 200-m IM. Final at 5:51 p.m.
10:08 a.m.: Sabrina Duchesne, Quebec City, and Abi Tripp, Kingston, Ont., women’s SM8 200-m IM. Final at 5:51 p.m.
10:32 a.m.: Tammy Cunnington, Red Deer, Alta., women’s S4 50-m freestyle. Final at 6:35 p.m.
10:39 a.m.: Devin Gotell, Antigonish, N.S. Nicolas-Guy Turbide, Quebec City, and Tyler Mrak, West Vancouver, men’s S13 100-m backstroke. Final at 6:58 p.m.
10:52 a.m.: Danial Murphy, Bedford, N.S. men’s S5 100-m freestyle. Final at 7:28 p.m.
11:10 a.m.: Gord MIchie, St. Thomas, Ont., men’s S14 200-m IM. Final at 8 p.m.
12:45 p.m.: semi-final – Canada (2-1) vs the United States (3-0)