Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Para-swimmer Nicolas Turbide of Quebec City and the men’s wheelchair relay capped a five-medal day for Canada with bronze medal performances on Saturday evening at the Paralympic Games.
Earlier Saturday, wheelchair racer Michelle Stilwell of Parksville, B.C., got Canada rolling with her second gold of the Games in the women’s T52 100-m. Then on Rio waters Canadian sailors collected silver and bronze in their 11th and final races.
Turbide clocked 59.55 seconds for his first career Paralympic Games medal just slightly off the 59.53 he clocked for his first sub minute time and Americas record in the morning preliminaries.
In athletics, the men’s T53-54 4X400-m relay took the bronze with Brent Lakatos, Dorval, Curtis Thom, Mississauga, Ont., Tristan Smyth, Surrey, B.C., and Alexandre Dupont, St-Rémi, Que. It is Lakatos’ fourth medal of the Games to go along with a gold, silver and another bronze in individual events.
”This medal is very special,” said Lakatos. ”All the others are just by myself. This one I get to share with my teammates and friends. It is just really great tonight.”
Stilwell, the 42-year-old MLA in the B.C. legislature, clocked a Games record 19.42 seconds for her second victory at the Games and her seventh career Paralympics medal – six of which are gold.
“The goal was to come here and top the podium in both my races,” said Stilwell, the 400-m winner here as well. ”The plan my coach and I Peter Lawless have put in place and the work we have done for the past 12 years has come through.
”I am happy to bring back the gold for Canada.”
She edged Kerry Morgan of the U.S. second in 19.96 and Marieke Vervoort of Belgium third in 20.12.
In sailing, John McRoberts and Jackie Gay of Victoria took silver in the 2-person keelboat (Skud 18) while Paul Tingley, Halifax; Logan Campbell, Saskatoon; Scott Lutes, Montreal won the bronze medal in the 3-person keelboat (Sonar).
In wheelchair rugby, Canada lost 60-55 against the USA in the semi-finals and faces Japan Sunday morning at 9 a.m. for the bronze. That is the last competitive event for Canada at these Games.
Canada got off to a rocky start when the smothering American defensive – which double-teamed Zak Madell for most of the game – forced them to burn two of their four timeouts. At the end of the first, the USA was only up 14-13.
“When you lose that turnover battle, it’s hard to fight back,” said co-captain Trevor Hirschfield after the game. “At this level, there just aren’t that many chances to create turnovers.”
Canada now has 29 medals (8-10-11) for 13th in the country standings.
How Canadians did on Saturday September 17, 2016 at the Paralympic Games in Rio:
Women’s T54 800-m: Diane Roy, Sherbrooke, Que., was seventh in the final.
Women’s T53 800-m: Ilana Dupont, Saskatoon, was 12th in heats and did not advance.
Women’s T52 100-m: Michelle Stilwell, Parksville, B.C., won the gold medal in a Games record 19.42 seconds.
Women’s T44 100-m: Marissa Papaconstantinou, Toronto, was ninth in heats and did not advance.
Men’s 4X400-m relay: Canada won the bronze medal with Brent Lakatos, Dorval, Curtis Thom, Mississauga, Ont., Tristan Smyth, Surrey, B.C., and Alexandre Dupont, St-Rémi, Que.
Women’s F38 discus: Renee Foessel, Mississauga, Ont., was fourth in final and Jennifer Brown, Calgary, seventh.
Women’s C4-5 road race : Marie-Claude Molnar, Lemoyne, Que., was 16th and Nicole Clermont, St-Denis-de-Brompton, Que., did not finish.
Men’s B road race: Daniel Chalifour, Ste-Thérèse, Que., and his guide Jean-Michel Lachance, Quebec City did not finish.
Women’s B road race: Robbi Weldon, Thunder Bay, Ont., and her guide Audrey Lemieux, Alma, Que., were fifth. Shawna Ryan, Saskatoon and her guide Joanie Caron, Rimouski, Que., were 12th.
2-person keelboat (Skud 18): John McRoberts, Victoria and Jackie Gay, Victoria, were third in race 11 and placed second overall for the silver medal.
3-person keelboat (Sonar): Paul Tingley, Halifax; Logan Campbell, Saskatoon; Scott Lutes, Montreal were seventh in race 11 and placed third overall for the bronze medal.
1-person keelboat (2.4mR): Bruce Millar, Victoria, – 10th in race 11 and finished 10thoverall.
Women’s SM8 200-m IM: Abi Tripp, Kingston, Ont., was eighth in the final. Morgan Bird, Calgary and Sabrina Duchesne of Quebec City were 10th and 14th in heats and did not advance.
Women’s S4 50-m freestyle: Tammy Cunnington, Red Deer, Alta., was 11th in heats and did not advance.
Men’s S13 100-m backstroke: Nicolas-Guy Turbide, Quebec City, won the bronze medal and Devin Gotell, Antigonish, N.S. was eighth in the final. Tyler Mrak, West Vancouver, was 11tth in heats and did not advance.
Men’s S5 100-m freestyle: Danial Murphy, Bedford, N.S. 14th heats and did not advance.
Men’s S14 200-m IM: Gord Michie, St. Thomas, Ont., was eighth in final.
Men’s 4X100 medley relay 34 points: Canada was seventh with Alec Elliot, Kitchener, Ont., James Leroux, Repentigny, Que., Jean-Michel Lavalliere, Quebec City, Zack McAllister, Lethbridge, Alta.
Semifinal – Canada lost 60-55 to the U.S. and will play Japan for bronze on Sunday at 9 a.m.
Canadians in action on Sunday September 18, 2016 at the Paralympic Games in Rio (all times Rio time)
9 a.m.: bronze medal match – Canada (2-2) vs Japan (2-2)
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