Dunkerley, Dailey have golden run, but fall short of world record

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil, Aug. 15 /CNW Telbec/ - Ottawa runner Jason
Dunkerley and his guide Greg Dailey didn't quite reach their goal, but they
were still golden in the 1500m men's final at the Parapanamerican Games. The
runners clocked in at in 4:08 for first place, but were shy of the world
record they were aiming to break.
    Dunkerley and Dailey were on track to beat the world record over the
first three laps, but they petered out on the fourth.
    "We hit the wall (on the last lap). It's heartbreaking because you know
you're on pace and you're going hard. It might have been a little too much to
finish off strong," said Dunkerley.
    The world record of 4:05:11 was set by Great Britain's Robert Matthews in
1989. In the Parapanamerican Games 1500m trial yesterday, Dunkerley and Dailey
ran the distance in 4:07.93.
    "It's a real fine line - a second or two either way - in whether you're
too slow or you're too fast. Yesterday, we were on the other side of the line.
We were a little too slow (in the middle of the race), and today, maybe we
were a touch quick," said Dailey. "It really affected the last straight."
    James Shaw, of Newcastle, ON, also earned gold in the men's F35-38 shot
put with throws of 12.31, 12.30 and 12.16. Barry Phelan, of Wingham, ON,
earned a third athletics medal for Canada - the silver - in the 200m in the
T38 category in 25.77.
    Jacques Martin, of Sherbrooke QC, finished fifth in the F54-56 category
of the men's discus with throws of 30.15m, 30.63m, 29.25m, 30.81m, 30.92m and
29.58m. William Stanley, of Calgary, AB, was disqualified from the 200m in the
T13 category.

    Here's how Canada did in the other sports:


    It was another windfall day for Canada at the pool; its swimming team
netted 16 medals on Tuesday - eight gold, three silver and five bronze.
    Highlights included Benoit Huot, of Montreal, setting a new
Parapanamerican Games record of 1:02.88 in the men's 100m backstroke. It's
also a new Canadian record; The previous best time in this event was 1:04.3.
Huot took the gold from fierce rival Andre Esteves, of Brazil.
    "I was up against Andre once again and every time we race, we push each
other," said Huot. "I wanted to beat him in this race and I did, which I'm
very happy about."
    Canada also swept the women's 100m freestyle with Valerie Grand'Maison,
of Montreal, QC, taking first in 1:00.32, Chelsey Gotell, of Antigonish, NS,
placing second in 1:02.35, and Kirby Cote, of Winnipeg, MB, finishing third in
    "The crowd was amazing. I love this country. My main competition is not
here, but I always get in the water to compete and race fast," said Anne
Polinario, of Montreal, QC, who finished first in the women's 100m backstroke
in 1:15.77.
    Also winning gold were Donavan Tildesley, of Vancouver, BC, in the men's
400m freestyle in 4:46.69; Jacqueline Rennebohm, of Regina, SK, in the 400m
freestyle in 5:40.48; Stephanie Dixon, of Victoria, BC, in the women's 100m
backstroke in 1:11.42; Jessica Tuomela, of Waterloo, QC, in the women's 100m
backstroke in 1:32.25; and Brittany Gray, of Barrie, ON, in the women's 100m
butterfly in 1:16.67.


    Sally Thomas, of Ottawa, ON, finished eight in the women's light weight
open. She improved with each lift, moving from 70 kilos on her first to
72.5 kilos on her second and 75 kilos on her third.
    "She had three good lifts. Sally usually has trouble with her first
attempt, but she didn't this time. Her last two lifts were personal bests,"
said powerlifting coach Don Royer. "Today was very encouraging and Beijing is
looking like a possibility now."


    Stephanie Chan Chim-Hing picked up her second medal of the Games - a
silver in the women's individual in class 8. She lost her first game to Jane
Rodrigues, of Brazil, 11-9, 4-11, 7-11, 5-11 but rebounded with three straight
wins. She outdid Dina Abreu, of Brazil, 11-5, 11-0, 11-5 in her second game,
followed with wins over Giselle Munoz, of Argentina, 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 and Irma
Martinez, of Mexico, 11-6, 11-7, 11-3.
    An undefeated Ian Kent, of Eastern Passage, NS, continues play Wednesday
for a chance at a medal. He beat Carlos Fasanaro, of Venezuela, Victor Flores,
of Mexico and Francisco Melo, of Brazil, on Tuesday.


    Canada beat Venezuela 78-40 on Tuesday, buoyed by the hot hand of team
captain Dave Durepos, who shot 100% in the first half, and Adam Lancia who
chipped in with 10 points.
    The score at half time was 40-24 in Canada's favour, but the Canucks
still came out strong in the second half. They played a tight defence, and
once again forced numerous turnovers in the second half and netted 15 points
from their strong press.
    In the second half, David Eng, of Montreal, put in 10 points and
Lancia 9.
    Despite the score, Eng said it wasn't a perfect game. "It may look like
an easy game as far as the score is concerned," he said. "But Team Canada is
never satisfied. We look at other things than just the score. We worked on our
    He said the team talked a lot more in the game against Venezuela than in
their opener against Mexico.
    "But there were some easy baskets that we didn't make. But overall there
has been a good progression from our first game," he said.
    Durepos netted 17 points in the game.
    He anticipates Wednesday's game against Brazil will be tough. Brazil
scored 35 points in the first quarter against the United States in an
exhibition game.
    "Our guys have to be prepared for every team and what they bring to us.
We are currently ranked number one in the world, and teams always step it up a
notch to play us," said head coach Paul Bowes. "I am proud of the guys for the
work they put into their preparation and we will continue to improve for
tomorrow's match against Brazil."


    The United States beat Canada 57-43. The high scorers for Canada were
Sabrina Pettinicchi, of Charters Settlement, NB, with 9 points. Loraine
Gonzles and Jennifer Ruddell led the United States with 27 points and 20
points respectively.

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