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LONDON, UK, Sept. 3, 2012 /CNW/ - Team Canada's Day 5 at the London 2012
Paralympic Games was highlighted by a couple of bronze medals - one
from Norbert Murphy (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC) in archery, and the other in
athletics, won by Jason Dunkerley and guide runner Josh Karanja in the
men's visually impaired T11 classification 1500-metres.
Dunkerley and Karanja set a Canadian record time of 4:07.56. Tonight's
bronze brings Dunkerley's career total Paralympic medals to four - two
bronze and two silver.
"This is very special, I have a great guide here (guide runner Josh
Karanja), we've been working together for a few years," said an
ecstatic Dunkerley. "I was tightening up around the last 100-metres and
Josh (Karanja) kept telling me they're coming. We were able to stay
ahead of them at the line."
The race was won by Kenya's Samwel Musahi Kimani and guide James Boit in
a world record time of 3:58.37. Dunkerley and Karanja will now focus on
the T11 5000-metres final which takes place Friday September 7.
In archery, Norbert Murphy (Vaudreuil-Dorion, QC ) won the bronze medal
in Compound Bow, Men's ARW1 defeating Osmo Kinnunen of Finland 7-1.
Murphy had to regroup after a difficult semi-final against American
Jeff Fabry after Fabry dropped his bow, damaged it, and had to leave
the Archery compound, miss a set and retrieve a backup bow to continue
Fabry went on to win the semi-final 7-3.
"It was Murphy's law that it would happen to me," joked Murphy. "It
threw me off for sure. I even offered him my spare bow. But I went out
and listened to some music after the semi-final so I could refocus."
In the bronze medal match, Murphy scored two points in the first, third
and fourth set and tied the second set to take one point.
"I came here hoping for a medal," continued Murphy. "I was ready for
"This experience has been incredible," added archery head coach Vladimir
Kopecky. "You become so familiar with the athletes, wishing all the
best for them. I know the hard work they went through to get to this
position. This is very satisfying."
In the women's T54 classification wheelchair 400-metres Diane Roy of
Sherbrooke, Que., placed fifth in a time of 56.60 seconds.
"It was a tough race, again today the top speed just wasn't there," said
Roy. "Sometimes when you want it so bad you aren't able to relax and
that's what happened today."
Roy's next event at these Paralympic Games is tomorrow. The T54
800-metres is set for 10:15 a.m. London time.
Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., placed fifth in the men's T53 wheelchair
100-metres final in a time of 15.31 seconds. Lakatos qualified for the
final by winning his heat earlier today in a time of 15.00 seconds.
Also in action today was Josh Cassidy of Ottawa, Ont in the T54
wheelchair 1500-metres. Cassidy placed third in his heat in 3:19.54 to
automatically qualify for tomorrow's final.
In the BC4 pairs competition, Marco Dispaltro (St-Jérôme, QC) and
partner Josh Vander Vies (Vancouver, BC) won 4-3 in their preliminary
round against Slovakia, securing their spot in the semi-final match
against Czech Republic.
Dispaltro and Vander Vies played a nail-biter semi. The two players
scored one point per end for the three first ends, dominating the game.
In the fourth end, the Czech bounced back by scoring three points to
tie the score. Canada was defeated in the last minute of the extra end,
securing a spot in tomorrow's bronze medal game. Canada will face
Great-Britain in front of a sold-out home crowd.
In the BC3 Pairs competition, Bruno Garneau (Montreal, QC) and Paul
Gauthier (Vancouver, BC) ended their mixed pair competition this
morning when losing 1-9 to Great-Britain.
The two athletes and all other Canadian team members will participate in
individual competitions commencing on September 5.
Lauren Barwick, of Aldergrove, BC, rode Off to Paris, owned by Equine
Canada, to a score of 71.500% for eighth place out of 23 in her Grade
II Freestyle test.
Ashley Gowanlock of Surrey, BC, was awarded a sixth place finish with a
score of 68.800% in her Grade 1B Freestyle Test riding Maile,
Barwick's individual gold and silver medal partner at the 2008
"Our Freestyle was emotional and fantastic," said Lauren Barwick of her
Freestyle with Off to Paris. "It was all I could ask for and expect
from my mare at this stage. This level of international competition is
still new for her and she is really coming along. As our training
progresses, everything will come together as it should."
"Maile was very relaxed in the ring today," said Ashley Gowanlock, who
was also a member of the Canadian Team at the 2008 Paralympics. "You
have to have fun in the freestyle—that is the point of the test. It was
so amazing to ride in front of 10,000 people. I will remember this
competition for the rest of my life."
The men's goalball team (Brendan Gaulin, Vancouver, BC; Bruno Hache,
Dorval, QC; Mario Caron, St-Eustache, QC; Ahmad Zeividavi, Vancouver,
BC; Simon Tremblay, Alma, QC; Doug Ripley, New Westminster. BC) gave it
their all in their final preliminary match against China today.
China came out strong early and scored two quick goals, but Canada
rallied back with a hard shot by Brendan Gaulin that sailed by China's
defense to close the first half. In the end, Canada was unable to come
back from the 3-1 deficit and a goalless second half clinched the game
for China, the reigning Paralympic champions.
After five competitive games, the Canadian men's goalball team will not
move on to play in the quarter finals, thus ending their London 2012
The women's goalball team (Ashlie Andrews, Penticton, BC; Whitney
Bogart, Marathon, ON; Amy Kneebone, Charlottetown, PEI; Jill MacSween,
Halifax, ON; Nancy Morin, Longueuil, QC; Cassie Orgeles, Nepean, ON;
Coach: Janice Dawson, Calgary, AB) faced Japan today in preliminary
Canada's Amy Knnebone scored three seconds into the second half to give
Canada a 1-0 victory. This win all but clinches a semi-final spot for
Canada. They face the United States tomorrow in their final preliminary
match. A win tomorrow would place Canada first in their pool.
In sailing Paul Tingley (Halifax, NS) was ninth in the One Person Keel
Boat in race five and was sixth in race six.
In the fifth race, Stacie Louttit (Victoria, BC) and John McRoberts
(Victoria, BC) were disqualified in the Two Person Mixed Boat - SKUD-18
but were fourth in race six.
"We're pleased with the last result - a solid fourth," said Louttit.
"The wind was a little light and a little spotty but it was fine.
Onwards and upwards for tomorrow."
In the three Person Keel Boat - Sonar (Logan Campbell, Saskatoon; Scott
Lutes, Montreal; Bruce Millar, Victoria), were seventh in race five and
seventh in the six race. Tomorrow sees races seven and eight in all
"We like light winds, it's more technical sailing," added Millar. "We
just need to get better starts."
Amber Thomas of Drayton Valley, Alta., broke one of the longest standing
Canadian swimming records in the books on Monday in a fifth place
finish in the women's S11 100-metre breaststroke at the Paralympic
For the first time in five days of competition Canada did not reach the
podium at the pool after producing two gold and six silver to open the
Thomas, 19, clocked one minute and 36.21 seconds in the race for blind
swimmers to eclipse the previous national mark of 1:36.98 set by Yvette
Weiker of B.C. at the 1984 Paralympic Games in New York. It was
Thomas's fourth straight day of racing and she still has two more
events scheduled. She has reached three finals so far.
"I'm really thrilled to get the Canadian record," said Thomas. "I felt
there was an opportunity to get it after a strong swim in the
preliminaries. I just pushed everything harder in the final especially
in the last 25 metres to get the time."
Seventh place finishes were posted by double silver medallist Brianna
Nelson of Victoria in the women's S7 100 freestyle; Brian Hill of
Montreal was in the S13 100 backstroke and the women's 4X100 freestyle
relay with Katarina Roxon of Stephenville, N.L., Nelson, Morgan Bird of
Calgary and Summer Mortimer of Ancaster, Ont.
For Hill, it was his last race at these, his fourth Paralympic Games.
He was also ninth in the 100 butterfly on the weekend.
Hill won silver in the 100m butterfly at the 2000 Sydney Games and added
two bronze in Athens in 2004, placing third in the 100m backstroke and
400m freestyle. His top result in Beijing was fifth in the 100
"That was almost certainly my last Paralympic race," said Hill, 29.
"It's a little emotional, I've invested 20-some years in the sport. I
may continue another year or so.
"I'm really happy with my career, representing Canada and making so many
friends along the way. What I will remember the most are the
experiences and the work that was invested to get this far."
The women's relay team was hoping to fare better despite clocking
4:38.23 which was just 0.22 off the Canadian record set in 2000.
"We thought we had a chance to be in the medal hunt tonight but it
didn't work out," said Roxon.
"I thought it was fun and worthwhile," said Nelson, who has raced in six
events over the first five days of swimming. "We will definitely
benefit from the experience."
"I always get that extra drive to go faster in a relay," said Bird. "I
want to push for my team. The relays are my favorite part because we
can unite as a team and no matter what happens it was a fun
Other Canadian results; Devin Gotell of Antigonish, N.S., was ninth in
the S13 100 backstroke; Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C., was 11th in the women's S7 100 freestyle and Zach McAllister of Lethbridge,
Alta., 15th in the S8 50 freestyle.
Katie Harnock, of Elmira, Ontario, took her game to another level on
Monday leading Canada to a 67-50 victory over Great Britain. With the
win, Canada will move on to the quarterfinals with a 3-1 record to
face China, Mexico, or the USA.
Harnock's shooting was superb as she went 10-for-17 from the paint
(59%), on route to a game high and personal best 20 points and six
rebounds. She was a leader on a Canadian team that played with
confidence and had several players producing marquee games. Cindy
Ouellet, of Quebec, QC, tallied 18 points, eight rebounds, and eight
assists in her best-ever Paralympic performance. Janet McLachlan, of
Vancouver, BC dominated the boards with a game high 15 rebounds.
Once again Canada's sound defence was an asset. They limited Great
Britain shooters to a meager 38% from the field. Canada went on an
eight point scoring run to end the first half ahead 34-25 and never
The women play the U.S. on Sept. 4 at 9:15 p.m. London time.
The Canadian Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team cruised past Colombia
68-42 Monday and will head into the quarterfinals of the London 2012
Paralympic Games with a perfect 5-0 record.
The tournament's leading scorer Patrick Anderson, of Fergus, Ontario,
added 13 points in just 10 minutes of court time to complete the round
robin stage with a whopping 133 points (26.6 points per game). Dave
Durepos, of Fredericton, New Brunswick, was the game's top scorer
against Colombia with 18 points. Joey Johnson, of Winnipeg, MB, had a
team-high 6 rebounds.
Canada's opponent in the quarterfinal on Sept. 5 will be Spain.
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee
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with 46 member sports organizations dedicated to strengthening the
Paralympic movement. The Canadian Paralympic Committee's vision is to
be the world's leading Paralympic nation. Its mission is to lead the
development of a sustainable Paralympic sport system in Canada to
enable athletes to reach the podium at the Paralympic Games. By
supporting Canadian Paralympic athletes and promoting their success,
the Canadian Paralympic Committee inspires all Canadians with a
disability to get involved in sport through programs delivered by its
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