Runner Reid and swimmer Huot earn bronze medals on Tuesday



    BEIJING, China, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada added two bronze medals to
its tally today, with Stephanie Reid picking up the first on the track in the
200m in the T44 final. When the American runner tripped and fell on a wet
track, Reid sprinted ahead to finish in 28.85 seconds.
    "It's funny how the day turned out. Usually the long jump is my best
event and we were pretty confident about wining a medal, so we were very
disappointed with the results," said Reid, a resident of Windsor, ON who
placed fifth in the long jump. "But I ended up winning the medal in the 200m.
I had too much energy and the atmosphere of the stadium with the animated
crowd helped me to get the speed to reach the podium."
    Her time was about a second faster than her previous personal best in the
event.
    Reid's coach Brett Lumley attributed the result to the "dedication and
hard work she has put in over the last year."
    "Her speed training went very well and she was a little fortunate in the
race today," he said.
    In the women's long jump final, Reid's best jump was 4.61m, and she
earned 924 points.
    Kris Vriend (Edmonton, ON) finished in seventh place in the women's final
of the discus throw. Her best throw was 17.46 meters, and she earned 811
points.
    In other action on the track, wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc
(Montreal, QC) finished first with a time of 16.07 in round one of the women's
100m qualification in the T54 category. The time was a new Paralympic record,
but she will face tough competition in the final from China's Hongjiao Dong,
who clocked in at 16.27.
    In the women's 400m in the T53 category, Ilana Duff (Bradwell, SK)
recorded a season best 1:00.80 to qualify for the finals.
    On a track drenched in rain, Brent Lakatos (Montreal, QC) finished second
in his heat in 52.76, and moves on to the finals.
    "Before the race we were on the track, about to get marshaled, and the
race before us was won by a Chinese athlete. The noise from the crowd was just
deafening," said Lakatos. "I've never heard anything like that before - 90,000
people screaming."
    Failing to advance were Eric Gauthier (St-Faustin Lac-Carre, QC) in the
men's 400m in the T53 category, and Colin Mathieson (Sherbrooke, QC) and
Jean-Paul Compaore (Sherbrooke, QC), both in the men's 400m in the T54
category.
    Gauthier's time was 55.94, while Mathieson's was 51.69 and Compaore's
58.75.
    Mathieson and Compaore were aggressive on the slippery track, which was
wet following a downpour, but were not fast enough to qualify.

    Swimming

    Swimmer Benoit Huot (Montreal, QC) earned the bronze in the S10 men's
100m freestyle with a time of 54.26.
    "I had a really good start but I had a hard time in the last 25 meters. I
don't know what happened but I need to work harder to catch Andre," said Huot
of his rival Brazilian Andre Brasil, who was first in 51.38.
    In the women's 100m freestyle in the S10 category, Anne Polinario
(Montreal, QC) was fifth in 1:04.01.
    Canadian team flag bearer Donovan Tildesley (Vancouver, BC) placed
seventh in the men's 100m butterfly in the S11 category in 1:09.53, which is a
new Canadian record.
    "I went out and gave it all I had in the first 50 meters. I can't
complain about a Canadian record and best time," he said.
    In the SB7 women's 100m breaststroke, Brianna Nelson (Sidney, BC) was
seventh in 1:54.35 and Laura Jensen (West Vancouver, BC) was eighth in
1:56.33.
    Failing to advance from the preliminaries this morning were Jacqueline
Rennebohm (Regina, SK), who swam 1:10.58 in the S12 women's 100m butterfly;
Joe Barker (London, ON), who was ninth in 1:21.52 in the SB8 men's 100m
breaststroke; and Brittany Gray (Barrie, ON), with a time of 1:32.86 and
Katrina Roxon (Cornerbrook, NF), with a time of 1:34.59. Gray and Roxon were
competing in the SB8 women's 100m breaststroke.

    Archery

    Kevin Evans (Jaffary, BC) finished 9th in the men's individual compound -
open ranking, and Norbert Murphy (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC) finished fifth in the
men's individual compound, W1.
    Lyne Tremblay (Magog, QC) finished 20th in the individual recurve and
must now play Wednesday for a chance to earn her way to the next round.
    "It's my worst performance of my life today," Tremblay said. "The most
important is that we know why. Now, I have more information so I can do
something with that."

    Boccia

    No Canadians advanced to the quarter-finals, so the boccia players had
the day off. Paul Gauthier's appeal regarding an opponent's equipment was
denied.

    Track cycling

    Geneviève Ouellet (Quebec City, QC) and her pilot Mathilde Hupin
(Bromont, QC) finished seventh in the preliminaries of the women's individual
pursuit with a time of 3:54.909. It was a personal best time for the tandem.
    "We improved our time and we were within 0.1 seconds of the Canadian
record," said Hupin. "We were up against teams that specialize in track
cycling, while we do both track and road cycling."
    In the men's 1km time trial in the CP3 category, Jean Quevillon
(Ste-Adele, QC) was sixth in 1:21.348 and Brayden McDougall was seventh with a
personal best of 1:22.780.
    "It didn't go well today. My hands were not steady or strong on the
handle bars," said Quevillon.
    In the men's 1km time trial in the LC1 category, Mark Breton
(Charlesbourg, QC) finished 14th with a personal best time of 1:17.592.
    Eric Bourgault (Orford, QC) finished sixth in a personal best time of
1:14.387 in a race where the world record was broken by more than three
seconds by gold medalist Jody Cundy, from Great Britain, with a time of
1:05.466.

    Equestrian

    Ashley Gowanlock (Surrey, BC), riding Donnymaskell, placed seventh with a
score of 63.714 in the finals of the individual test in the grade 1b category.

    Goalball

    Canada lost 11-2 to China today. China scored early in the first half,
and continued to throw well for the duration of the game.
    "They hit the holes that we gave them," said Dean Kozak (Ottawa, ON).
    At the end of the first half, the score was 4-0 for China. China
continued to dominate in the second half, scoring twice more, before Mario
Caron (St. Eustache, PQ) answered with one to put Canada on the board at 6-1.
    China scored three more quick goals, before Bruno Hache (St. Eustache,
QC) put a second past China's strong defence. China would score twice more
before the end of the game.
    "We definitely have a good shot and we just need to win the next two
games," said Kozak.
    Caron stated, "We're going to continue to play like we have until now.
Earlier in the tournament, the Chinese played the Americans, who are No. 3 in
the world."
    Hache said the Chinese team members hit aggressive balls. "We have to
adapt our defence as a consequence and that's very difficult."
    In women's play, Canada's two-time Paralympic gold medal goalball team
finally got the result they're used to - a win.
    Contessa Scott (Cornwall, PEI) scored less than a minute into the game,
and Nancy Morin (Longeuil, PQ) followed shortly afterward with another. The
score at the end of the first half was 2-0. Canada shut Japan down, while
Scott earned another goal to make it 3-0 for Canada.
    "We had good communication. We were solid on offence and defence. We were
pretty relaxed and didn't throw any high balls," said Morin.

    Judo

    Paralympian Bill Morgan (Brandford ON) lost two matches today and is now
out of the Paralympic competition. Morgan faced Mykola Lyivytsky of the
Ukraine in the first round. The two fought for grips for over two minutes,
each trying to successfully throw the other. The Ukraine scored a waza-ri 2:44
into the Games, and then held Morgan for 20.5 seconds for a second waza-ri and
wins by awasete ippon (the combined waza-ri).
    Then, Morgan advanced to the repecharge pool - or consolation round to
compete for bronze. He squared off against Myles Porter, from the USA. Porter
attempted an arm bar but Morgan was able to escape. The match ended with a win
to Porter, with 2 waza-ri.
    "Bill prepared himself as well as he was physically able to do. Due to
injury and a bit of time off, he'll be more ready for his next competition,"
said Morgan's coach Tom Thomason.

    Rowing

    It was a tough day on the water for rowing at the Shunyi Olympic
Rowing-Canoeing Park as each of the Canadian crews must race Wednesday for a
chance to row in the A final.
    Steve Daniel (Sudbury, ON) finished last in his heat in the arms only
event. Caitlin Renneson (Ottawa, ON) and Wilfredo More Wilson (Toronto, ON)
suffered the same fate in mixed double sculls and will row in the repechage
Wednesday.
    "It's good to get that first race out of the way," said Renneson. "We
executed our race plan. We just have to take the little steps to make sure
we're technically sound. We'll improve tomorrow in the repechage. We just have
to make each stroke a little bit better. Other than that I thought we had a
good, solid race."
    The mixed coxed four (Laura Comeau, St. Catharines, ON; Meghan
Montgomery, Victoria, BC; Vicky Nolan, Toronto, ON; Scott Rand, Calgary, AB
and Tony Theriault, Victoria, BC) finished fourth in their heat and will also
row on Wednesday.
    "It was the first time we put our race plan into action," said Rand. "We
need to react to what other boats are doing. When they go we have to go. We're
all glad to have another race. We got the nerves out today."

    Sailing

    There was a full day of sailing with Canada's teams looking good. The
sailors have the day off tomorrow.

    Table tennis

    In table tennis, Ian Kent lost both his games today, putting an end to
his Paralympic Games competition. He fell 0-3 to Belgium's Marc Ledoux and 2-3
to Slovakia's Miroslav Jambor.
    "In the game against Marc Ledoux, Ian was not able to initiate the attack
that was required to beat him. Marc didn't put the ball by Ian, but Ian tried
to attack but failed to put the ball on the table. He missed by just
centimeters," said Canadian coach John Macpherson.

    Wheelchair basketball

    The women's wheelchair basketball team lost 55-52 to Japan today at the
Beijing Paralympic Games in round-robin play. The Canadians had trouble
scoring consistently.
    Canada came out really flat in the first quarter and missed on many
opportunities to score. The ball seemed to have a mind of it's own.
    Sabrina Pettinicchi scored Canada's first basket after the Japanese had
taken a two point lead, and then it was a drought until a foul shot by Misty
Thomas and then two points by Katie Harnock. The quarter ended with Canada
down 13-5.
    The second quarter began encouragingly with Canada's Lori Radke and
Kendra Ohama scoring a basket each. But despite upping the tempo on defence,
Canada just couldn't score. Thomas and Pettinicchi provided a ray of hope with
late baskets, but Japan ended the half 30-17.
    In the final quarter, both teams traded baskets until Thomas with two and
Pettinicchi with one outside shot narrowed the gap for Canada.
    A couple of offensive boards and lucky breaks resulted in two Japanese
baskets and then the drama started. With Canada down by two points and time
running out, there was no choice but to foul. Japan made one of the foul shots
and then with seven seconds left and no timeouts remaining, Canada was unable
to get a good shot away. The game ended with Japan ahead by 3 at 55-52.
    Top scorers for Canada were Misty Thomas with 15, Sabrina Pettinicchi
with 10, Katie Harnock with 9, Janet McLachlan with 5, and Lori Radke,
Jennifer Krempien and Kendra Ohama with 4 each.
    In men's play, Canada easily downed Sweden 62-52.

    Wheelchair tennis

    Sarah Hunter (Whiterock, BC) fought hard today against No. 1 seed Davide
Wagner (USA), but lost 6-3, 4-6, 6-4. Hunter is in a difficult pool.
    "I was very up and down today," said Hunter. "I was inconsistent the
whole match. I've played him 12 times this year and today I felt we were very
close. But I expected it to be close though I thought I'd play better. My
serve was horrible. I felt loose throughout the game, I wasn't tight at all.
But it was an extremely poor time to have difficulties with my service game.
I've never served so bad."
    The men's doubles has been postponed until Wednesday due to rain.




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For further information: Mary Beth Walker or Rachal Fleury, CPC Media
Relations At-home Media Team, (613) 569-4333, ext. 227, Mobile: (613)
795-5169, marybeth@paralympic.ca; Norma Reveler, Press Chief, Beijing 2008
Canadian Paralympic, Team Mobile: (011) 86 13439622163, Press Office: (011) 86
1066617438, norma@paralympic.ca


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