Canadian morning wrap-up on day 6: Aurélie Rivard breaks Games record in 100-m freestyle / Chan edged for bronze in table tennis

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Sept. 13, 2016 /CNW/ - Para-swimmer Aurélie Rivard appears on track for a third medal at the Paralympics as she clocked a Games record time in the women's S10 100-m freestyle heats to rank first for tonight's final.

Rivard, a gold medallist in world record time in the 50-m free and silver medallist in the 200-m IM so far in Rio, clocked 59.89 seconds to be one of four Canadians with second swims tonight.

"My goal was to finish the race and qualify first," said the 20-year-old, who set the world record of 59.17 at last summer's Parapan American Games in Toronto. "It's a pretty amazing time. I didn't give my all. I know I have a lot left for tonight."

Tess Routliffe of Caledon, Ont., and Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C. ranked second and fifth in the women's S7 200-m IM heats and Nathan Stein of Surrey, B.C., heads to the men's S10 100-m free final with the sixth fastest time.

In the women's wheelchair basketball quarterfinal, Canada lost 78-60 to the Netherlands. Cindy Ouellet of Quebec City was Canada's top scorer with 20 points and Janet McLachlan of Vancouver added 18.

Table tennis player Stephanie Chan of Richmond, B.C., lost the bronze medal match in the women's class 7 to Seong-Ok Kim of South Korea 12-14, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8. Chan was the first Canadian to play for a medal at the modern Paralympic Games in table tennis.

In athletics, Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., reached a second final at the Games ranking sixth in men's T34 800-m heats. The final is at 5:50 p.m. on Wednesday.

How Canadians did on Tuesday morning September 13, 2016 at the Paralympic Games in Rio (all distances in metres)


Men's T34 800-m : Austin Smeenk, Oakville, Ont., 7th in heats advances to final Wednesday at 5:50 p.m.

6:05 p.m.: Jason Dunkerley, Ottawa and his guide Josh Karanja, Ottawa, men's T11 1500-m FINAL

6:14 p.m.: Diane Roy, Sherbrooke, Que., women's T54 1500-m FINAL

Boccia (preliminary round)

Mixed individual BC3: Bruno Garneau, Montreal lost 7-2 to Jose Carlos Macedo, Portugal

5 p.m.: Alison Levine, Montreal vs Marco Dispaltro, St-Jérôme, Que., mixed individual BC4

5 p.m.: Éric Bussière, Verchères, Que., vs Kenneth Verwinp, Belgium, mixed individual BC3

6 :15 p.m. : Bruno Garneau, Montreal vs Ye Jin Choi, South Korea, mixed individual BC3


Team Test Grade II: Lauren Barwick, Reddick, Florida, placed seventh. Canada finishes 14th in team standings.

2 p.m.: Roberta Sheffield, Lincolnshire, UK, individual championship test Grade III - ongoing


2:15 p.m..: men's preliminary – Canada (1-2) vs Sweden (2-1)

3:30 p.m.: women's preliminary – Canada (1-1) vs Australia (0-2-1)


1:05 p.m.: John McRoberts, Victoria and Jackie Gay, Victoria 2-person keelboat (Skud 18) – race 03 and 04

1:05 p.m.: Paul Tingley, Halifax; Logan Campbell, Saskatoon; Scott Lutes, Montreal 3-person keelboat (Sonar) – race 03 and 04

1:15 pm.: Bruce Millar, Victoria, 1-person keelboat (2.4mR) – race 03 and 04


1 p.m.: Doug Blessin, Tri-City, B.C. Mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2 qualifier. Finished fifth and advances to final at 3:15 p.m.

Sitting volleyball

6:30 p.m.: women's preliminary round – Canada (0-2) vs Ukraine (1-1)


Women's SM7 200 IM:  Tess Routliffe, Caledon, Ont., and Sarah Mehain, Vernon, B.C., were second and fifth in heats and advance to final at 6:01 p.m. Nydia Langill, Mississauga, Ont., was 10th in heats and did not advance.

Men's S10 100 freestyle: Nathan Stein, Surrey, B.C., was sixth in heats and advances to final at 6:11 p.m. Alec Elliott, Kitchener, Ont., and Isaac Bouckley of Port Hope, Ont., were 11th and 13th in heats and did not advance.

Women's S10 100-m freestyle: Aurélie Rivard, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., was first in heats and advances to final at 6 :17 p.m. Samantha Ryan, Saskatoon, was 17th in heats and did not advance.

Women's S8 100-m backstroke: Abi Tripp, Kingston, Ont., Danielle Dorris, Moncton, N.B., Sabrina Duchesne, Quebec City, were 10th, 15th, 17th in heats and did not advance.

Table tennis

Women's class 7 bronze medal match: Stephanie Chan, Richmond, B.C. lost to Seong Ok Kim, South Korea, 12-14, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8.

Wheelchair basketball

Women's quarterfinal – Canada lost 78-60 to the Netherlands. Cindy Ouellet, Quebec City was Canada's top scorer with 20 points

Wheelchair fencing

Preliminary round men's epee category A: Matthieu Hébert, Beauharnois, Que., finished with one win and four losses and did not advance:  lost 5-4 to Matteo Betti, Italy; lost 5-1 to Zainulabdeen Al-Madhkhoori, Iraq; lost 5-1 to Romain Noble, France; lost 5-2 to Gang Sun, China; won 5-1 over Fabio Luiz Damasceno, Brazil.

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