Day One Results Summary - Nine medals a solid start for Team Canada in Guadalajara at the 2011 Parapan American Games

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Nov. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Cyclists and swimmers led Team Canada today on Day One of competition at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games in Mexico, winning a total of one gold, four silver and four bronze medals.

Canada has the most medals - nine - among all countries at the Games so far.

As well, all four of Canada's team sports in action today went undefeated - both men's and women's wheelchair basketball and goalball.

"Today was a strong start for Team Canada, including winning the first gold medal awarded at the 2011 Parapan American Games," said Canadian Team Chef de Mission, Rob Needham. "We're very pleased to see the team start so well and earn nine medals today. We look forward to continued success at these Games."

Cycling

On a warm sunny morning, racing through the historic downtown area of Guadalajara, reigning world cycling champions Robbi Weldon (Thunder Bay, ON) and pilot Lyne Bessette (Knowlton, QC) won the 21.1 km mixed time trial road race (blind tandem) to win Canada's first medal of the Games.

"It was a really tough race today that required maximum effort," said Weldon. "Lyne and I worked really hard as a team and put in a strong effort. I hope our gold medal pumps up the rest of team Canada and is the start of many more to come."

The men's tandem of Daniel Chalifour (Lac-des-écorces, QC) and pilot Ed Veal (Queensville, ON) finished ranked third to win a bronze medal. Rico Morneau (Ste-Martine QC) won the bronze in the H1-4 division and Shelley Gautier (Toronto, ON) won silver in the T1-2 division.

"I felt really good in training coming into the race," said Morneau. "The road was a little bumpy and I had to be careful on the corners and lost some time but I still got the bronze medal, so I am happy. The people here in Mexico have been great."

Also in the T1-2 mixed division was Marie-Eve Croteau (Quebec City, QC), the reigning world champion in her class, who finished a disappointing fourth after losing four minutes in a crash while fellow Quebecer Louis-Albert Corriveau-Jolin (Ste-Claire QC) finished fifth. Myriam Adam (St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, QC) placed eighth in the H1-4 division.

In the extremely competitive C 1-5 time trials, Marie-Claude Molnar (Ste-Aldèle, QC) led the Canadian field placing seventh, while Jaye Milley of Calgary had an equipment malfunction, losing a pedal, to finish 19th. Matthieu Parent (Granby, QC) and Eric Bourgault (Orford, QC) rounded out the Canadian contingent, finishing 21st and 22nd respectively.

Swimming

Adam Rahier (Nanaimo, BC), Jana Murphy (Victoria, BC) and Chris Sergeant (Kingston, ON) each won a silver medal on Sunday to lead a five-medal intake for Canadian swimmers today.

Also stepping on the podium were Maxime Rousselle (St -Alexandre, QC) and Jean-Sébastien Lapointe (Repentigny, QC) both with bronze.

"Getting a medal is something I didn't expect,'' said Lapointe. "For me this is a learning experience. I just wished I could have got a personal best.''

In the men's 100-metre breaststroke in the SB14 disability category for swimmers with an intellectual disability, Alberto Vera of Venezuela took the gold in 1:15.39, Rahier followed in 1:17.77 and Rousselle was third in 1:18.39. Dalton Boon (Ladner, BC) was sixth.

In the women's SB14 100 breaststroke, Mariana Diaz of Mexico was the winner in 1:27.67 with Murphy second in 1:29.63 and Viviana Moraes of Venezuela third in 1:30.79. Kirstie Kasko (Okotoks, AB) missed the podium by only 0.01 seconds and was fourth. Meagan Michie (Metcalfe, ON) took eighth spot.

"It was a good race and I'm happy it went really well,'' said Murphy. "The best parts of my race were my start and the turns which is something I've really worked on in training.''

In the men's S8 100 backstroke, Caio Oliveira of Brazil was the winner in a Games record 1:14.52 with Sergeant second in 1:17.48 and Lucas Poggi of Argentina third in 1:19.77.

In the men's S7 400 freestyle, Ronaldo Santos of Brazil took the gold, with Enrique Perez of Mexico second and Lapointe third.

Other Canadian men's finalists were Chris Daniel (Calgary, AB), sixth; Nik Tolgyesi (Kingston ON), 11th in the S6 400 freestyle; and Zack McAllister (Lethbridge, AB), fourth in the S9 100 butterfly. For the women, Danielle Kisser (North Delta, BC) was seventh in the S6 freestyle and Kennedy Pasay (Leduc, AB) fifth in the S9 100 butterfly.

"We are pretty excited about our start,'' said Swimming Canada's Para-swimming head coach, Craig McCord. "We have a very young team, most of whom are prospects for the 2016 Paralympic team."

Wheelchair basketball

The Canadian Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team defeated Brazil 67-49 in their first match of the 2011 Parapan American Games. Janet McLachlan (West Vancouver, BC) notched a double-double and led all players with 27 points and 23 rebounds. Canada's Cindy Ouellet (Quebec QC) pitched in with 18 points and eight assists.

The game was very close through the first two quarters with the Canucks leading by just four points at halftime 27-23. Canada opened things up in the third frame extending their lead to 48-38. Brazil was unable to keep pace with Canada's increased tempo in final two quarters, getting outscored 40-26.

The Canadian Men's Wheelchair Basketball overcame a tough Columbian team 57-38 in a rough and tumble game that saw its fair share of bumps and bruises. Columbia overcame an early deficit at the end of the first quarter, when they trailed the Canadians 16-8 to narrow the gap to 24-20 at half time.

It wasn't until the fourth quarter that Canada was able to leverage its depth off the bench outscoring their opponent 22-9. Patrick Anderson (Fergus, ON) paved the way for the Canadian victory with a game-high 23 points and seven rebounds in his 34:43 of floor time.

Goalball

The men's goalball team tied the U.S. 5-5 in an exciting match after coming back to tie the game in the final minutes of play.

"We're very happy with our result," said Bruno Haché (Dorval QC). "I scored a goal 30 seconds before the end of the game, so we tied against the U.S. We made some little mistakes but I am very happy with that score, considering the U.S. is the strongest team we will meet during these Games."

The women's goalball team beat Brazil 5-3.

"This is my first time at an international Games and I thought it was great to be playing in front of so many people," said Jillian MacSween (Ottawa, ON). "I am used to playing in front of smaller crowds, so it was definitely exciting. My goal in Guadalajara is to gain experience and become a strong player. I am glad we played against Brazil, because they can be very tough."

Table Tennis

Ian Kent (Halifax, NS) led the Canadian Table Tennis Team today with two victories over Puerto Rico (3-0) and Brazil (3-0) in the C8 division, ensuring a bye to the medal round tomorrow at 6:40 pm (CST).

Teammate Masoud Mojtahed (Austin, TX) split his two opening round robin games in the C7 division against El Salvador (3-0), but lost a tight game vs. Chile (2-3). Mojtahed finishes his round robin matches Monday at 11:20 p.m. and if successful, will advance to the semi-finals.

Gatineau, Quebec's Martin Pelletier lost his opening round match in the C4 division 0-3, but plays tomorrow at 10 a.m. with a berth in the semifinals on the line. Barry Butler (Ottawa, ON) lost both of his C3 matches today but can remain alive in the tournament with a win tomorrow. Richmond, B.C. native Stephanie Chan won her opening match 3-0 over Peru, but lost her second match to the sixth ranked player in the world from Brazil, Jane Rodriguiz. She plays tomorrow at 10:40 am (CST) for a chance to advance to the semi-finals.

"Today's matches went as expected," said head coach John MacPherson. "Tomorrow however, I expect the competition to jump to another level with positions to the medal round on the line."

Wheelchair Tennis

Playing in the morning in front of a big crowd on centre court, Philippe Bédard (Bromont, QC) lost a tough match to his Chilean opponent, 5-7 and 6-1.

"It was a good learning experience," said Bedard. "I'll be better next time."

Later in the evening, Joel Dembe (Toronto, ON) easily defeated his opponent from Ecuador 6-0, 6-2.

"It was sweet," said Dembe. "I played within myself. I didn't really play risky, I played solid tennis, more consistent than my opponent."

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