Day Two Results Summary - Momentum continues for Canada at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara as Day Two brings 13 Medals

GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Nov. 14, 2011 /CNW/ - Swimming and athletics led the way for Canada on the second day of competition at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara today, combining for 13 medals - one gold, four silver and eight bronze. The team now has earned 22 medals in total.

Canadian swimmers continued the momentum they started yesterday, picking up nine medals, while the track and field team had a stellar first day of competition at these Games, winning four medals.

"It was awesome, so awesome," said David Greig, National Talent Development Coach for Athletics Canada. "The athletes rose to the occasion and along with the medals, we also had a number of Canadian records and personal bests. It's such a young team and I'm very impressed."

For the second consecutive day, all four of Canada's team sports in action today went undefeated - both men's and women's wheelchair basketball and goalball.

Athletics

The Canadian Athletics (track and field) Team opened competition today with four medals and two new Canadian records. Isaiah Christophe of Brampton, ON, Jackie Marciano of Halifax, NS, Kevin Strybosch of London, ON and Kyle Whitehouse of St. Catharines, ON, all won medals while Braedon Dolfo of Langley, BC, and Alister McQueen of Calgary, AB, raced to new Canadian records.

Kevin Strybosch won silver, the team's first medal of the day, in the men's F37 javelin. Strybosch's toss of 39.40 metres broke the Parapan American Games record; however his performance was later surpassed by Argentina's Leandro Ricci who took the gold with a throw of 39.46 metres.

On the track, Kyle Whitehouse and Isaiah Christophe took silver and bronze respectively in the men's T38 and T54 classification 100-metre finals. Whitehouse stopped the clock in 12.11 seconds behind Brazil's Edson Pinheiro. Christophe's time of 16.04 secured bronze, he will now turn his attention to the men's wheelchair 200-metre and 400-metre semi-finals.

Also on the track, Jackie Marciano won bronze in the men's amputee 400-metres final in a time of 57.13. Marciano was able to lean by Rob Brown of the United States to secure a podium finish.

"I'm so happy, I just saw at the end he was dying so I leaned and finished in third," said Marciano.

Rick Ball of Orillia, Ont., finished fifth in the race in a time of 59.03 seconds.

In the men's visually-impaired 100-metres semi-final, Braedon Dolfo placed second in a new Canadian record of 11.36 to secure a spot in tomorrow evening's final.

"That was a good race for me, I feel confident going into tomorrow's final," Dolfo said.

In the men's T44 100-metres final Alister McQueen finished fifth with a new Canadian record of 11.89 seconds.

"I'm really happy, I broke my Canadian record and am only about a tenth of a second away from the London 2012 standard," said McQueen.

He will now take to the field in the men's F44 javelin alongside teammate Marciano on Thursday afternoon.

In the men's T12 400-metres semi-final the duo from Ottawa, Ont., of Brandon King and guide runner Cody Boast stopped the clock at 55.12 seconds to secure a spot in tomorrow's final. The pair also finished fourth place in their men's 100-metre semi-final in a time of 11.99 seconds. They will not advance to the final in that event. Courtney Johnson and guide Brian Cummings of Ottawa, Ont., finished fourth in their 100-metre semi-final in a new personal best of 11.93, but did not qualify for the final.

Jacqueline Rennebohm of Regina, SK and guide runner Simon Hodge of Toronto, ON, did not advance from the 100-metres semi-final, finishing third in 14.31 seconds.  The two will now focus on the women's 200-metre semi-final on Wednesday.

Boccia

On the second day of round robin play, Canadian athletes showed up strong and focused again. Caroline Vietnieks  (BC4 - Delta, BC) won her first game in the tournament 6-0 , while Marco Dispaltro (BC4 - St-Jérôme, QC) knocked out his opponent with a 11-1 score, his second win of the tournament.

"My objective is to win this tournament and make points to improve my ranking," said Dispaltro. "I am now number eight in the world. If I win here, I could make it to the top five."

Brock Richardson (BC1 - Brampton, ON) won his third game in the tournament, by a score of 6-0. Adam Dukovich (BC2 - London, ON) performed just as well by winning his two games today, for a total of three wins in the tournament. Dave Richer (BC2 - Ste-Julie, QC) succeeded in his first game, 6-1 against Brazil, but conceded his second game to Jose Omar Marin, from Columbia.

In the BC3 category, Martin Dubois (Val-des-Monts, QC) and Paul Gauthier (Vancouver, BC) both triumphed in their second game in the tournament respectively 9-0 and 3-2.

Josh VanderVies (BC4 - Vancouver, BC) suffered a loss to Argentinan opponent Jose Buzzo but will compete again Tuesday in round robin play. Unfortunately, Keven Smyth-Worthylake (Ottawa, ON) will not be moving on to the semi-finals, having lost his two games today in the BC1 category.

Goalball

Team Canada men's goalball defeated Argentina 14-9. Team veteran Mario Caron (St-Eustache, QC) scored six goals, Brendan Gaulin (Vancouver, BC) scored three, Bruno Haché (Dorval QC) scored three and rookie Ahmad Zeividavi (Vancouver, BC) scored one goal - his first goal in international competition.

"It was a really good first half," said Gaulin. "We got a bit sloppy in the second half, but we got a win out of it. We didn't give up on the game, we kept fighting and we didn't let them take it over."

The Canadian women's goalball team defeated El Salvador 8-0. Cassandra Orgeles (Nepean, ON) socred four goals, rookie Ashlie Andrews (Penticton, BC) scored three goals - her first international goals - and Jillian MacSween (Ottawa ON) scored one.

"It was a good game, an opportunity to give our rookies some international experience, and they did really well," said women's head coach Janice Dawson. "It was a slower-paced game than we're used to. For Ashley to get her first international goals was great."

Swimming

Kirstie Kasko of Okotoks, Alta., earned Canada's first gold medal in swimming on Monday evening. It was another productive for day for the Canadian swimmers with nine medal performances for a two-day total of 14.

Kasko took top spot in the women's 200-metre freestyle in the S14 sport class for athletes with an intellectual disability. She clocked two minutes and 25.40 seconds with Beatriz Resendiz of Mexico second in 2:30.25 and Jana Murphy of Victoria third in 2:30.99. Meagan Michie of Metcalfe, Ont., took eighth spot.

"I really wanted to show Canada what I could do,'' said Kasko, 19, who bettered her personal best by four seconds. "This is my 13th year of swimming and I was aiming for something big. My legs were strong and I cut down on my gliding with my arms.''

Canada collected two medals in two other races as well.

In the women's S9 100 breaststroke, Hanna Smith of Calgary and Kennedy Pasay of Leduc, Alta., took silver and bronze respectively with Alicia Denoon of Guelph, Ont., fourth.

"I thought I definitely had a good race,'' said Smith, 14, who beat her personal best by six seconds. "This was my only race of the competition and I felt some pressure to do really well. I really saw the improvement coming over the past two weeks in training.''

Adam Rahier of Nanaimo, B.C., and Maxime Rousselle of St. Alexandre, Que., were also second and third in the S14 100 freestyle with Dalton Boon of Ladner, B.C., fifth.

Canada's other three medals were bronze earned by Danielle Kisser of North Delta, B.C., in the women's S6 100 breaststroke with Jenna Lambert of Kingston, Ont., eighth. Thomas Swinkels of Lower Sackville, N.S., won bronze in the men's S9 100 breaststroke, with Micah Mykitiuk of Toronto fifth. Chris Sergeant of Kingston, Ont., won a bronze medal in the men's S8 50 freestyle.

"This was pretty awesome,'' said Swinkels, 17, who started swimming only two years ago. "I never expected to win a medal. It gives me a lot of confidence for the rest of the competition.''

Other Canadian finalists in men's competition were Nicolas-Guy Turbide of Quebec City sixth in the S13 50 freestyle; Zack McAllister of Lethbridge, Alta, Sergeant and Jean-Sébastien Lapointe of Repentigny, Que., seventh, eighth and 10th in the S8 100 breaststroke. Nik Tolgyesi of Kingston and Chris Daniel of Calgary were ninth and 10th in the S6 100 breaststroke.

For the women, Kisser was fifth in the S6 200 individual medley and Catherine Mitchell of Winnipeg ninth in the S12 50 freestyle.

''It's a different dynamic to come here with a young group,'' said Craig McCord, Swimming Canada's Para-swimming head coach. "'The kids have stepped it up a notch, capitalized on their opportunities and are winning medals.''

Table Tennis

In the second day of competition Stephanie Chan (Richmond, BC) won both of her games, 3-0 over Analia Longhi of Argentina and 3-0 over Giselle Munoz, also of Argentina. Chan advanced out of her group with a 2-1 record and earned a berth in the final, giving her a shot at gold in tomorrow's Class 8 finals match.

"I was very nervous at the beginning and a bit scared, but I had a very good warm up today with my teammates and my confidence came back and showed in a pair of very successful wins," said Chan. "Especially against Munoz who defeated me our last two meetings. I am excited to be playing for a gold medal tomorrow."

Also playing for a gold medal tomorrow will be Ian Kent (Eastern Passage, NS) who defeated Joao Fernando Martins of Brazil in a thrilling 3-2 match to remain undefeated in the tournament (Class 8 Division).

Masoud Mojtahed (Austin, TX) won his morning match 3-0 over Gerardo Moncada of Costa Rica and advanced out his round. However, he lost his quarter-final Class 7 match later in the day, 3-0 to Jose David Vargas of Columbia, ending his singles competition. Mojtahed and Kent will compete in the team event on Wednesday.

Martin Pelletier (Gatineau, ON) fell 3-0 to Jaime Jara of Chile in the first match of the day while Barry Butler (Ottawa, ON) lost to Welder Camargo of Brazil also by a 3-0 score to round out the day's matches.

Volleyball

Eric Dechaine (St. Lina, AB) and Mikael Bartholdy (Calgary, AB) closed out Canada's 25-12, 25-21, 25-16 win over Colombia on Monday with back-to-back blocks to open the men's sitting volleyball tournament at the Parapan American Games.

The winner of this week's competition earns a ticket to the 2012 Paralympic Games in London.

Douglas Learoyd (Calgary, AB) led the Canadian attack with nine points while Jose Rebelo (St-Hubert, PQ) added seven.

"It was a good start to the tournament,'' said Canada's head coach Ian Halliday. ''It was an opportunity for everyone to contribute and although it wasn't our cleanest match in terms of execution, we were able to find a way to win and move forward.''

Canada plays twice on Tuesday with matches against the U.S. at 10 a.m. (CST) and Mexico at 8 p.m. (CST).

Wheelchair Basketball

The Canadian Women's Wheelchair Basketball Team cruised to a lopsided 54-18 victory over Argentina this afternoon. Canada got off to a great start at both ends of the floor. The Canucks quickly found themselves up 12-0 midway through the first quarter and never looked back. Argentina didn't get their first basket until the 3:51 mark.

The trend would continue as the Canadian defense limited their opponents to a meagre 17% shooting from the field. Offensively Canada once again looked to Janet McLachlan (West Vancouver, BC) who scored a game-high 16 points in just 14:08 of court time. Katie Harnock (Elmira, ON) chipped in with eight points.

The Canadian Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team ousted El Salvador 70-28. Canada's starting lineup only needed five minutes to reach double digits in scoring and by the end of the first quarter they stretched their lead to 20-2 against an inexperienced El Salvador team. Canada's superior speed and chair skills allowed them to limit their opponents to just 12 field goals. They also hauled in 43 of the game's 69 total rebounds.

Dave Durepos (Fredericton, NB), Canada's flag bearer at this year's Parapan American Games opening ceremonies, showcased his range hitting three out of five three-pointers. He led all players with 20 points and also tied a game high 4 assists. Bo Hedges (Wonowon, BC) was the game's top rebounder, claiming 11 boards.

Wheelchair Tennis

Playing in the second round in men's singles this afternoon, Joel Dembe (Toronto, ON) couldn't get past his Argentinian opponent. Dembe lost 6-2, 6-1.

"He's a much stronger opponent and has a good shot to win the gold," said Dembe. "He definitely overpowered me and threw me off my game. I had to really bounce back to play doubles half an hour later."

After a short break, Dembe then joined Philippe Bédard (Bromont, QC) to play their first match in first round doubles, competing against a duo from El Salvador. The Canadians won easily, 6-2, 6-0.

"They had a few jitters at the beginning, but other than that they cruised," said coach Kai Schrameyer. "Tomorrow they play the U.S. That will be a challenge."

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