Day Three Results Summary - Gold in Table Tennis and Cycling highlight third day of competition in Guadalajara

GUADALAJARA, Nov. 16, 2011 /CNW/ - Cyclists Robbi Weldon (Thunder Bay, ON) and Lyne Bessette (Magog, QC) captured their second gold of these Games today, while teammates Daniel Chalifour (St-Jérome, QC) and pilot Ed Veal (Queensville, ON) also won gold and Ian Kent (Eastern Passage, NS) broke through to take gold in table tennis.

In athletics, Virginia McLachlan (Windsor, ON) won silver in the 200 metres, Braedon Dolfo (Langley, BC) won bronze in the 100 metres and Stephanie Chan (Richmond, BC) won silver in table tennis.

"We didn't have any disappointments today on the team," said cycling coach Eric Van den Eynde. "The athletes worked hard and it turned out in favour of the team. Sometimes medals don't get to everybody, but it was a perfect day for us."

A medal recognition ceremony was held in the Canadian team residence this evening, where Canadian Paralympic Committee CEO Henry Storgaard presented traditional Mexican wrestling masks to the medal-winning athletes, to symbolize the fighting spirit of the team and commemorate their performances thus far in Mexico.

In all, the Canadian team earned three gold, two silver and one bronze medal today in Guadalajara.

In three days of competition, Canada has won 28 medals, including five gold, 10 silver and 13 bronze.

Athletics

Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, Ont., and Braedon Dolfo of Langley, B.C., won silver and bronze respectively on the second day of athletics (track and field) today.

McLachlan won silver in the women's T38 classification 200-metres in a time of 35.41 seconds.

"This feels good, going in I didn't really know what to expect, but wow, this was a lot of fun," McLachlan said.  She now shifts her focus to Friday's 100-metre final. 

Braedon Dolfo captured bronze in the men's T13 100-metres in a new Canadian record time of 11.34 seconds.

"I'm feeling pretty good, another personal best" said a thrilled Dolfo, who recently returned to training following hip surgery. "It feels great to be back." 

Isaiah Christophe of Brampton, Ont., qualified for tomorrow evening's wheelchair T54 classification 400-metres final, finishing fourth in the semi-final in a time of 54.11 seconds.  Earlier in the day, Christophe advanced to the T54 wheelchair 200-metres final by clocking in at 27.49 seconds.  The 200-metre final is scheduled for Friday evening. 

Renee Foessel of Mississauga, Ont., finished fourth with a new personal best in the women's F37/38 classification javelin throw final.  Foessel's best throw measured 22.88 metres. Brazil's Shirlene Coelho took gold in a new Parapan American Games record of 33.99 metres. 

In the men's visually impaired T12 classification 400 metres final the duo of Brandon King and guide runner Cody Boast from Ottawa, ON finished fourth in 55.48 seconds. 

Athletics continues tomorrow at the Parapan American Games highlighted by Jason Dunkerley of Ottawa, Ont., in the men's visually impaired T11 classification 1500 metres semi final. The defending champion, along with guide runner Joshua Karanja of Ottawa, Ont., will take to the track with the objective of securing a spot in the final.

Archery

On this first day of competition, Canadian archers competed in an open qualification round. Kevin Evans (Jaffray, BC), Robert Hudson (Loeville, SK) and Lyne Tremblay (Magog, QC) shot arrows in order to decide ranking for tomorrow's competition.

In the men's individual compound category, Kevin Evans ranks fourth with a total of 1322 points, only seven points away from Jonathan Scott Mize of the U.S. Robert Hudson ranks sixth with 1314 points, only three points behind Andrey Castro of Brazil.

Lyne Tremblay was the only woman in her category (women's individual recurve - sitting) to qualify for the Parapan American Games. As a result, the organizers merged the standing and sitting categories in to one event. Lyne therefore competed from her chair against standing opponents, finishing fifth with a score of 817.

"Since this was not my category, I decided to try a new technique I learned in Korea," Tremblay said. "The other four women are standing, and I am sitting. Normally, for 70m target, I shoot 500 points, and I shot in the 200s today, which is unusual. I am considering this a training experience."

All Canadian archers compete Wednesday to try to qualify for the medal rounds.

Cycling

On the first day of the track cycling events, the tandem of Robbi Weldon (Thunder Bay, ON) and pilot Lyne Bessette (Knowlton, QC) continued to dominate the women's visually impaired division, winning their second gold medal in as many races.

"We were really excited with our qualifying time, a new Canadian best, but we knew we would have a tough final. We had a tough start with the starting mechanism malfunctioning, but we dealt with it it to win. I am very proud of our performance," said Robbi Weldon, a two-time world champion.

"This was our fourth pursuit together and it felt really good," said Bessette. "Robbi has really improved her pedaling. Every time we race together we are getting better as a team. This is our second gold of the games so we are really very, very happy."

In the men's competition, the newly-formed temporary tandem of Daniel Chalifour (St-Jérome, QC) and pilot Ed Veal (Queensville, ON) were the fastest in the men's individual pursuit. The duo today captured the gold medal, posting a time of 4:23.933, making up a six-second deficit in the last lap of the race and winning their second medal of the Games.

"It was like a movie, our first time racing as a team and winning two medals," said Chalifour. "We even had to overcome a flat tire in the qualifier earlier in the day. We started fast but tried to keep a consistent pace and it worked for us."

"This is my first time racing with Daniel and we are now two for two," said Veal. "I have to give a lot of credit to Eric [Van Den Eyde, Head Coach]. I usually come out of the gates like a gorilla, starting fast. We saw other teams try it and fail. Eric held me back and kept us on a consistent pace, stick to the plan. It was a perfect race."

The tandem of Veal and Chalifour was formed just before the start of the Parapan American Games. Alexandre Cloutier, Chalifour's regular pilot, opted to stay back in Canada to take care of his newborn baby.

Jaye Milley (Calgary, AB) placed fourth in the men's 1000m Time Trials and posted a personal best time of 1:23.232 in a race where the world record was broken. Teammate Mathieu Parent (Granby, QC) finished sixth, while Eric Bourgault (Orford, QC) posted the 12th fastest time. In the women's C1-5 500m time trial race, Marie-Claude Molnar (Ste-Adèle, QC) placed fourth.

Boccia

On this last day of round-robin play, seven of the eight remaining Canadian boccia athletes all advanced to the next round. All Canadian athletes won their final qualifying games and ended first in their pool except for Caroline Vietnieks, who is competing in the same category as teammate Marco Dispaltro.

In the afternoon, the team moved on to quarter finals and won five games out of six.

"We won eight games in the qualifying round and five games in the quarterfinals," said head coach Mario Delisle. "Thirteen victories in one day is the best day of competition in my life. I had never seen this before. I am more than happy."

Tomorrow, boccia fans will be in for a treat. Semi-finals will be held in the morning while bronze medal games will be hosted at 2 p.m. and gold medal games at 4 p.m. CST.

Canada will be competing in all categories except BC1, after Keven Smyth-Worthylake lost in the preliminary round and Brock Richardson was defeated in today's quarterfinals by Columbian opponent Eliana Henao (2-4).

Canada could win up to seven medals tomorrow in boccia.

November 15th results summary

Quarterfinals

Competitor Result Semi-finals - Nov. 16th
Brock Richardson (BC1) Lost 2-4 Doesn't advance to semi-finals. Ends in 6th place
Martin Dubois (BC3) Won 7-1 Advance to semi-finals. Will play against teammate Paul Gauthier
Paul Gauthier (BC3) Won 5-2 Advance to semi-finals. Will play against teammate Martin Dubois
Caroline Vietnieks (BC4) Won 3-2 Advances to semi-finals. Will play against Fabio Morales (BRA)
Josh VanderVies (BC4) Won 11-1 Advances to semi-finals. Will play against teammate Marco Dispaltro.
Marco Dispaltro (BC4) Won 5-1 Advances to semi-finals. Will play against teammate Josh VanderVies.

Qualifying Round

Competitor Result Semi-finals - Nov. 16th
Brock Richardson (BC1) Won 4-3 Advanced to quarterfinals
Adam Dukovich (BC2) Won 8-0 Moved directly to semi-finals
Dave Richer (BC2) Won 5-5 in extra end Moved directly to semi-finals
Paul Gauthier (BC3) Won 7-2 Advanced to quarterfinals
Martin Dubois (BC3) Won 7-3 Advanced to quarterfinals
Caroline Vietnieks (BC4) Won 10-1 Advanced to quarterfinals
Marco Dispaltro (BC4) Won 9-0 Advanced to quarterfinals
Josh VanderVies (BC4) Won 4-3 Advanced to quarterfinals

Goalball

The Canadian women's goalball team won their third straight match in Guadalajara today, defeating Mexico 11-1 in front of a noisy crowd that quieted down once Canada began scoring. Mexico scored first, but then that was all they could do. For the Canadians, team veteran Nancy Morin (Longueil, QC) scored six goals, Whitney Bogart (Ottawa, ON) two, while Cassandra Orgeles (Nepean, ON), Ashlie Andrews (Penticton, BC) and Jillian MacSween (Ottawa, ON) each scored one.

"It's a little bit of stress to have the crowd against you, it makes you want to win even more," said Bogart. "They scored first but that was just a little mistake, it didn't faze us at all."

The women's team has Wednesday off and plays the U.S. on Thursday morning. Their record is now 3-0.

After winning their first two matches earlier, Canada's men's goalball team lost their first match of the round robin today, falling to a fired-up Brazilian squad, 12-6. Veteran Mario Caron (St-Eustache, QC) and Brendan Gaulin (Vancouver, BC) scored two goals apiece, Bruno Haché (Dorval QC) scored one and rookie Ahmad Zeividavi (Vancouver, BC) scored one goal.

"We took way too many penalties," said head coach Danny Snow. "We had six and they had one. That was the difference right there."

The men's team plays El Salvador Wednesday morning. Their record is now 2-1.

Swimming

Micah Mykitiuk of Toronto added to an already impressive list of achievements for a 13-year-old on Tuesday with a fourth place finish in the men's 50 freestyle and helping Canada to fourth in the relay in swimming action at the Parapan Am Games.

After blasting out of the gates with 14 medals over the first couple of day, the young Canadian squad just fell short of the podium on Tuesday but still delivered five more top-five finishes.

In the men's 50-metre freestyle in the S10 disability category Mykitiuk was less than a half second from the podium, clocking 28.93 seconds. World record holder Andre Brasil of Brazil clocked a new Games mark for the gold in 23.64 with compatriot Phelipe Rodrigues second in 24.24 and Bruno Lemaire of Argentina third in 27.72. Thomas Swinkels of Lower Sackville, N.S., was fifth in 29.12.

In the 4X100 relay, Zack McAllister of Lethbridge, Alta., Mykitiuk, Chris Tsonos of Kingston, Ont., and Jean-Sébastien Lapointe of Repentigny, Que.,finished fourth as well.

In other men's results for Canada: Tsonos was fifth in the S8 400 freestyle; McAllister fifth in the S9 50 freestyle; Nik Tolgyesi of Kingston was sixth in the S6 50 butterfly; and Tolgyesi and Chris Daniel of Calgary were eighth and 10th in the S6 50 freestyle.

On the women's side, Danielle Kisser of North Delta, B.C., was seventh in the S6 50 freestyle; Kennedy Pasay of Leduc, Alta., seventh in the S9 50 freestyle; Kisser and Jenna Lambert of Kingston were eighth and 10th in the S8 400 freestyle and Catherine Mitchell of Winnipeg 11th in the S12 100 breaststroke.

Competition continues Wednesday.

Table Tennis

Table tennis contributed two medals to the Canadian tally today - a gold by Ian Kent (Eastern Passage, NS) and a silver by Stephanie Chan (Richmond, BC).

Kent had the early gold medal game today, competing in the men's classification 8 category against Paulo Salmin of Brazil. The first set was a hard fought affair, with Kent dropping the first set 7-11. In the second set Kent jumped to an early 3-0 to take the set 11-4. Kent also took an early lead in the third set, winning 11-5. He closed the match out to win gold in the fourth and final set with a score of 11-3.

"This was very different from my other wins," commented Kent. "This was a very cerebral match, with ball control, not power at a premium. My opponent was young and he had trouble with the spin. It was great to win gold for Canada."

Later in the day, Stephanie Chan played for the gold medal but lost in a back-and-forth match to Jane Rodriguez of Brazil, 10-12, 7-11, 7-11.

Coming up next in table tennis, Kent plays doubles with Masoud Mojtahed (Austin, TX) on Wednesday.

Sitting Volleyball

The sitting volleyball team played two games Tuesday. In the first, a slow start and trouble establishing momentum resulted in a loss to the U.S. in four sets (26-17, 20-25, 25-15, 25-23). The U.S. is one of Canada's biggest rivals in sitting volleyball, and a team they know well, having recently spent 10 days training with them in preparation for this year's Parapan American Games.

"Anytime we play the U.S. it's a big match for us, and it took us a while to get settled in," said Canada's head coach, Ian Halliday.

Led offensively by Greg Stewart (Kamloops, BC) and Larry Matthews (Sturgeon County, AB), who both finished the game with 10 points, Canada's high point was winning the second set. However, a rally late in the fourth set came up just shy and the U.S. held firm for the win.

The second game of the day was a boisterous affair despite a straight sets victory as Canada took on the host nation, Mexico. Canada jumped out to an early lead taking the first set 25-16 on the strength of four aces by José Rebelo (Saint-Hubert, QC). Canada continued its strong serving and transition attacks in the second frame taking an 8-6 lead off back-to-back aces by Chad Drummond (Edmonton, AB) and going on to win the set 25-17.

Canada once again took the early lead in what became the third and final set, going up 7-3 before Mexico called a time out to regroup. However, three straight unforced errors by the Canucks cut their lead to one before captain Austin Hinchy (Edmonton, AB) rallied the team with three straight service points to give Canada a 16-10 lead. Canada won the game in style when Mikael Bartholdy (Calgary, Alberta) made the final score 25-13 with a service ace.

"We really enjoyed playing in front of so many fans," said Austin Hinchey (Edmonton, AB). "We are right where we want to be right now heading into tomorrow."

The win bumped Canada's record to 2-1 in the tournament. Canada plays Costa Rica and Brazil tomorrow to conclude round robin play.

Wheelchair Basketball

The Canadian Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team is one win away from securing their ticket to the 2012 Paralympic Summer Games in London, UK. Team Canada easily won their final preliminary round game of the 2011 Parapan American Games 57-18 against El Salvador to advance to the semi-finals with a flawless 3-0 record.

With the top three teams in the tournament qualifying for London, Canada looks poised to earn a berth into the Paralympics, where they have reached the podium at four out of the last five Games including consecutive gold medals in 1992, 1996, and 2000, as well as a bronze medal in 2004. 

With the win over El Salvador, Canada claims the top seed in Group A. They will face a yet to be determined opponent (the second seeded team in Group B) on Thursday November 17 at either 6:00 p.m. (CST) or 8:15 p.m. (CST).

The Canadian men had the day off today.

Wheelchair Tennis

In men's doubles, Joel Dembe (Toronto, ON) and Philippe Bédard (Bromont, QC) played a very solid match, taking on the highly-ranked U.S. duo of Jon Rydberg and Steve Welch. The Canadians started strongly, taking the first game and trading points. But the Americans ended up winning the first set 6-4 and then took the second, 6-3.

"We played really well, but our opponents were really strong," said Bédard. "I missed a few serves… it was an honour to play them and I had fun out there."

The Canadians are now both eliminated from the tournament.

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For more information about Team Canada in Guadalajara, please visit www.paralympic.ca/guadalajara2011.

 

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