Parapan American Games - Day Six Results Summary - Seven medals earned on Day Six by Team Canada in Guadalajara

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GUADALAJARA, Mexico, Nov. 18, 2011 /CNW/ - A variety of sports chipped in to the Canadian medal tally on Day Six at the Guadalajara Parapan American Games today, adding seven medals and upping Team Canada's total to 11 gold, 20 silver and 23 bronze.

The Canadian judo squad, comprised of three athletes with visual impairments, waited all week to compete and today had their moment. Both Tony Walby (Ottawa ON / 100+ kg) and Timothy Rees (Waterloo, ON / -100 kg) finished the tournament with bronze medals in their respective weight categories after battling through four matches apiece.

"The team did outstandingly well because we were fighting all the elite players and many previous Parapan Am, world and Paralympic champions," said head coach Tom Thomson (Brantford, ON). "I thought they conducted themselves in an efficient manner and had prepared to give their ultimate performance and did so. Unfortunately, they were not able to gain a higher medal."

Medals won by Canadians today:

Table Tennis

  • SILVER - Ian Kent (Eastern Passage, NS) and Masoud Mojtahed (Austin, TX) in the class 6 - 8 table tennis team event

Athletics

  • SILVER - Alister McQueen (Calgary, AB) in the men's T44 200-metres
  • SILVER - Shayne Dobson (Campbellton, NB) in the men's T37 1500 metres
  • BRONZE - Jason Dunkerley (Ottawa, ON) in the men's visually impaired T11 5000 metre final with guides Cody Boast (Ottawa, ON) and Simon Hodge (Toronto, ON)

Judo

  • BRONZE - Tony Walby (Ottawa, ON / +100Kg)
  • BRONZE - Timothy Rees (Waterloo, ON / -100Kg)

Sitting Volleyball

  • BRONZE - Men's team defeated Colombia 25-13, 25-12, 25-16

Athletics

Canada's track and field team added three more medals today in Guadalajara, bringing their tally to 16 (eight silver and eight bronze).

Competition featured a number of great performances, notably Shayne Dobson of Campbellton, N.B., winning the silver medal in the men's T37 classification 1500 metres. Dobson shaved an amazing ten seconds off his personal best time of 5:04.77 to finish the race in 4:53.81.

"It was a weird race, first half was really slow," Dobson said. "I'm still happy with the result. It's a great experience and I'm proud of it."

Alister McQueen of Calgary, Alta., won bronze in the men's T44 200-metres final in a new Canadian record time of 24.24 seconds.

"It's another PB and Canadian record, so I'm happy but I wish the race would have gone a little bit better but what can I say; it's a great end to a great Games!" McQueen said.

McQueen also broke the 100-metres Canadian record earlier this week.

Jackie Marciano of Halifax, N.S. and Richard Ball of Orillia, Ont. also competed in the T44 200 metre final. Marciano's time of 25.61 seconds was a new personal best and good enough for fourth place. Ball also raced to a new personal best of 26.32 seconds finishing sixth overall.

In the men's visually impaired T11 5000-metres final, Jason Dunkerley of Ottawa, Ont., won bronze alongside guide runners Cody Boast of Ottawa, Ont., and Simon Hodge of Toronto, Ont., in a time of 16:47.50.

"Tough race for sure" exclaimed Dunkerley. "We were competing with the Mexican guys and it was back and forth, we just pushed hard and kept going. I appreciate the help from both Cody and Simon."

Dunkerley's principal guide, Joshua Karanja of Ottawa, Ont., was not able to compete due to injury.

Sarah White of Montreal, Que., finished fourth in the women's T53 400m final in a time of 1:10.85. In the men's T54 200-metres final Isaiah Christophe of Brampton, Ont., stopped the clock in a time of 27.87, good enough for a seventh place finish.

Judo

Tony Walby (Ottawa, ON / +100 kg) and Timothy Rees (Waterloo, ON / -100 kg) played four matches each today, both of them finishing the day with a bronze medal in their respective categories.

Walby lost his first match against Brazilian opponent Wilians Silva, but then won against Venezuelan William Montero by ippon. Walby lost his third match to Cuban Juan Cortada, followed by a win against American Demetris Morrow.

"A mistake cost me the silver medal," said Walby. "I am a little disappointed I didn't get the gold medal, but otherwise I had good fights today. I've had a good day."

Rees won his first match against Brazilian Antonio Tenorio by wazaari, then lost to American Myles Porter.

"He beat me like I owed him money," said Reeds. "For the third fight, I met with Cuba (Juan Cortada). I managed to get a pin on him and won the match. And then my fourth fight was unfortunately cancelled because my opponent had an injury. We just went out and he forfeited the match."

The two judokas will be cheering on Canadian teammate Justin Karn (Kitchener, ON) on Sunday, in the -60kg category.

Table Tennis

Ian Kent (Eastern Passage, NS) won his second medal of the games today when he teamed up with partner Masoud Mojtahed (Austin, TX) to place second in the class 6 - 8 team competition. The silver will complement Kent's gold, won earlier this week in singles competition.

The Canadian pair was defeated by the Brazilian duo of Carlo DiFranco and Paulo Salmin 0-3, 0-3, 1-3. The Brazilians made a tactical move, bringing in a different player than expected, a very mobile athlete who Kent had not played before.

"We lost to a good team, so I am OK with the result," commented Kent. "The most medals I could win here were two. Yes, two golds would have been nice, but I am happy with this performance. I'm 50, but with the result today, I'm thinking about staying around until the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games when I can play at home."

Goalball

A disappointed Canadian women's goalball team is headed to the bronze medal match Saturday after losing to Brazil 7-4 on Friday afternoon at San Rafael Gymnasium in Guadalajara.

"That was a tough one," said head coach Janice Dawson (Calgary AB). "We kind of imploded on ourselves. Brazil just played really solid defensively."

Nancy Morin (Longueuil, QC) scored all four goals for Canada, who had consistent penalty trouble that allowed a fired-up Brazil team to score on several penalty shots. With the win, Brazil qualifies for the London 2012 Paralympic Games; Canada had already qualified for London before this tournament.

The women will play for bronze at 11 a.m. on Saturday against Mexico.

"We made a lot of mistakes that we don't normally make and it was a good experience for us to keep our heads up and keep going," said Jillian MacSween of Ottawa. "We got a lot of penalties that we don't normally take. We're going to learn from the mistakes that we made and make sure they don't happen in tomorrow's game."

The Canadian men's goalball team is also headed to the bronze medal match Saturday after losing to the U.S. 11-4 this evening - a team they had tied 5-5 earlier in the tournament.

The men's match was close for the first half, but then the Canadians made a couple of defensive positioning errors and the U.S. was able to get ahead.

"They carried that momentum and we couldn't seem to find our way back in the game," said Brendan Gaulin (Vancouver, BC). "However you pushed it, it just wasn't working for us. They were the better team tonight. We'll get them next year."

The U.S. needs to win this tournament to qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Games while Canada had already qualified earlier this year for next year's Paralympics.

Gaulin scored twice for the Canadians, as did Mario Caron (St-Eustache, QC).

The Canadians will play Mexico at 1 p.m. on Saturday to battle for the bronze medal.

Swimming

Jean-Sébastien Lapointe of Repentigny, Que., placed fifth in the S7 50-metre butterfly for Canada's best result on Friday in swimming at the Parapan American Games.

Canada's medal count in swimming remains at 17 with three gold, six silver and eight bronze with the final day of races set for Saturday.

Chris Sergeant-Tsonos of Kingston, Ont., continued to maintain impressive form as well with sixth place finishes in the S8 100 freestyle and 50 butterfly.

He opened the competition on Sunday with a silver in the 100 backstroke and the next day took bronze in the 50 freestyle.  He also helped Canada to fourth in the 4X100 freestyle relay, was fifth in the 400 freestyle and 200 IM and eighth in the 100 breaststroke.

Lapointe, a bronze medallist in the 400 freestyle earlier this week, was also 12th in the S8 100 freestyle on Friday.  Andrew Cooke of Penticton, B.C., was also in two events placing ninth in the 100 freestyle and 11th in the 50 backstroke in the S5 disability category.

Kennedy Pasay of Leduc, Alta., was eighth in the women's S9 100 freestyle.

Sitting Volleyball

Austin Hinchey of Edmonton scored 14 points and Jose Rebelo of St-Hubert, Que., launched six service aces as Canada defeated Colombia 25-13, 25-12, 25-16 to win the bronze medal on Friday in men's sitting volleyball at the Parapan American Games.

Canada also won the bronze at the 2007 Games in Rio.

"This is my first international medal", said Hinchey, the team captain. "I'm really pumped. The team has come a long way in the last while and I expect we will be in the hunt for gold in Toronto for the 2015 Games."

Strong serving and minimal errors helped Canada to the victory.

"The team responded well from yesterday's loss (to Brazil in the semifinal)," added head coach Ian Halliday of Calgary. "It's not always easy to come back and play a bronze medal game. This will likely be the last game for some of our players and we just wanted to play for us. We knew what we were getting in Colombia and wanted to just focus on our game.

Wheelchair Basketball

The Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team fell 69-58 to Colombia in overtime of their semi-final match. 

Canada controlled the first two quarters of the game and held a 30-25 lead at halftime, but Colombia came out ferocious in the third quarter. Doubling the Canucks' offensive output 19-8, Colombia took their first lead of the game midway through the third. 

Patrick Anderson (Fergus, ON) responded with a three-pointer to open the fourth quarter and start the Canadian comeback. The teams exchanged leads half a dozen times but found themselves tied at 57-57 at the end of regulation.

In overtime, a Colombian run capped off by a Rodney Hawkins three-pointer with just over a minute on the clock forced Canada into foul trouble. A number of successful free-throws padded the final score for Colombia. 

Canada must now win the bronze medal game Saturday November 19 at 3:45 p.m. CST in order to qualify for the London 2012 Paralympic Summer Games.

The Canadian women had the day off today and will face the U.S in the gold medal game at 6 p.m. CST.

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

SOURCE CANADIAN PARALYMPIC COMMITTEE (CPC)

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