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GUADALAJARA, Nov. 17, 2011 /CNW/ - The Canadian track and field team won
six medals today at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara,
while two top Canadian archers played each other in the final and won
gold and silver.
In five days of competition, Canada has won 47 medals, including 11
gold, 18 silver and 18 bronze.
"This was one of our best competitions," said archery head coach
Vladimir Kopecky (Kimberley, BC). "There is nothing as rewarding for a
coach than to see two athletes out of three come back home with medals.
We were a very small team, but we did amazing."
Medals won by Canadians today:
GOLD - Kevin Evans (Jaffray, BC) - defeated teammate Robert Hudson 7-3
SILVER - Robert Hudson (Leoville, SK) - lost to teammate Kevin Evans
SILVER - Virginia McLachlan (Windsor ON) - women's T37 100 metres
SILVER - Kyle Whitehouse (St. Catharines, ON) - men's T38 200 metres
SILVER - Jason Dunkerley and guide Cody Boast (both of Ottawa, ON) -
men's visually impaired 1500 metres
BRONZE - Shayne Dobson (Campbellton, NB) - men's T37 800 metres
BRONZE - Christy Campbell (Kitchener, ON) - women's T34 100 metres
BRONZE - Alister McQueen (Calgary, AB) - men's F44 javelin
Day five of the Parapan American Games saw Canada come away with six
more medals in athletics (track and field), bringing the total to 13
(seven silver and six bronze).
Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, Ont., captured her second medal of the
Games in the women's T37 classification 100-metres final.
"It felt really good," McLachlan said. "I was really nervous for this
race. This medal is really special to me; I dedicate this to my
McLachlan's time of 16.74 seconds was enough to secure silver behind
Brazil's Jenifer Santos. She also won silver in the 200 metre final.
Kyle Whitehouse of St. Catharines, Ont., also captured his second medal
of the games when he won the silver medal in the men's T38 200-metres
final in a personal best time of 24.37 seconds. Happy with the medal,
the race itself was not to his expectations.
"I know I could have caught him I don't know why I slowed down, I could
have beaten him," Whitehouse said.
Brazil's Edson Pinheiro won the gold medal in 24.03 seconds. Whitehouse
won silver in the 100-metres final on Monday.
In only his first year of competition, Shayne Dobson of Campbellton,
N.B., captured a bronze medal in new Canadian record time of 2:19.06 in
the men's T37 800-metres final. If that isn't memorable enough, today
is his 20th birthday.
"I feel awesome, it was a good race" said a thrilled Dobson. "I hope I
can repeat this again tomorrow." Dobson will line up in tomorrow's
1500-metre final at 12:20pm local time.
Jason Dunkerley and guide runner Cody Boast, both of Ottawa, Ont., raced
to silver in the men's visually impaired 1500-metres final in 4:20.17.
"I'm happy to be here and win silver, my principal guide runner, Josh
Karanja, got hurt and it was great to have Cody here to step up and
help out," said Dunkerley.
The pair will now shift their focus to tomorrow's 5000 metres final.
Christy Campbell of Kitchener, Ont., stopped the clock at 23.05 seconds
to capture the bronze medal in the women's T34 100-metres final.
Rachael Burrows of Barrie, Ont., crossed the line in fourth, just
behind Campbell in 23.35 seconds.
In the men's F44 javelin, Alister McQueen of Calgary, Alta., captured
bronze with a mark of 44.02 metres.
"I feel amazing, I just feel so honored to represent my country," said
McQueen. "I'm kind of at a loss for words".
Jackie Marciano of Halifax, N.S., also competed in the javelin final,
finishing fifth overall with 43.46 metres; a new personal best.
McQueen, Marciano and teammate Rick Ball of Orillia, Ont. will now take
to the track in the men's T44 200-metres final tomorrow morning at
11:45 a.m. local time.
In the men's T54 classification 800 metre final, Isaiah Christophe of
Brampton, Ont., achieved a personal best time of 1:45.61, good enough
for a fifth place finish. In the women's T53 200-metres final, Sarah
White of Montreal, Que., finished fifth overall in a time of 38.47
As the athletics competition at the Parapan American Games comes to an
end tomorrow, 11 more Canadians will take to the track and field vying
for spots on the podium.
It was a magical day today for Canadian teammates Kevin Evans (Jaffray,
BC) and Robert Hudson (Leoville, SK), as the two met in the gold medal
match. Evans took the gold and Hudson the silver.
One of the top Paralympic archers in the world, Evans won 7-3 against
Hudson in the men's individual compound category.
"It was a beautiful competition. I'm very excited," said Evans. "I
needed to win here to go to London. Dreams come true. It seems like the
stars were aligned."
Despite losing the match, Hudson was pleased that his teammate qualified
for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
"It was a very good competition," said Hudson. "There were a lot of good
archers I had faced before. If everything goes well, we should be
together in London. I have been working at this since 2005. I've put a
lot of time, effort and money into this. It's been a long road, and
this makes it all worthwhile."
The Canadian women's goalball team played the U.S. this morning in front
of a full crowd at San Rafael Gymnasium in Guadalajara, losing 5-2
after the U.S. scored three goals in the final few minutes.
Nancy "Canada Arm" Morin (Longueuil, QC) scored both of Canada's goals,
using her blazing shot that is one of the fastest in the world,
allowing Canada to tie the game 2-2 in the final seconds of the first
half. But a few mistakes by Canada late in the second half gave the
Americans the lead and the win. The Americans will head in to
tomorrow's semi ranked first.
Canada finishes second in round robin play and will play Brazil on
Friday afternoon in their semi-final.
"It was a good game for us because we got one goal with seven seconds
left in the first half to keep with them," said head coach Janice
Dawson (Calgary, AB). "We were patient and worked our way back to a 2-2
tie. Jillian MacSween (Ottawa ON) played centre against the U.S. for
the first time today and stepped up well. It was a great learning
opportunity for her."
For MacSween, starting at centre against the U.S. was nerve-wracking at
"It was fun, it was a really good game for me to get experience against
a really good team," said MacSween. "I learned a lot about how to play
the U.S. They have a lot of different shots, I have to be patient with
all of them and be sure I read the ball before I move to defend."
The Canadians are excited to play Brazil tomorrow.
"It should be a really good game," said MacSween. "We've seen them
before, we know what we have to do to play for gold on Saturday."
Canada's men's goalball team played Mexico on Thursday afternoon,
Brendan Gaulin (Vancouver BC) scored six goals, Bruno Haché (Dorval QC)
scored three, Mario Caron (St-Eustache, QC) scored two and Aron
Ghebreyohannes (Calgary AB) scored one.
"That was pretty awesome," said Gaulin. "I think we all played well as a
team. We had better communication than we had in previous games. And
more comfort and team play, working well together."
Head coach Danny Snow noted the team didn't take any penalties in the
"It was our best all round game so far," said head coach Danny Snow. "We
still need to solidify our defence a little bit. We're very pleased
going in to tomorrow."
The team will play the U.S. in the semi-final on Friday at 6 p.m. local.
After meeting them yesterday in round-robin play, Canada played the
powerhouse Brazilians for the second time in two days with a berth to
the gold medal game on the line.
Brazil jumped out to an early 8-2 lead in the first quarter in front of
a flamboyant crowd at the Pan American Volleyball Stadium. Brazil
continued its sharp attack in the set and continued to build on their
lead going up 13-4. Canada rallied late in the quarter on the strength
of some long rallies to make the final score 25-9, but simply could not
overcome their 16 errors in the frame.
Brazil also had a fast start in the second set, going up 5-2 before
Canada forced a pair of Brazilian errors to bring themselves to within
one-point (5-4). However, unforced turnovers continued to hurt the
Canadians who once again committed 16 errors in the frame, falling
The third set started as a much closer affair with a strong kill by
Larry Mathews (Edmonton, AB) tying the game at four. However, Brazil
then reeled off four straight points due to strong defense leading to
transitional scores. Canada limited its errors in the set to five, but
continued to struggle to score points. Captain Austin Hinchey
(Edmonton, AB) stroked an ace to make the score 19-10, but that was as
close as Canada would come as they fell in the final frame 25-13.
"We were not mentally prepared to play a semi-final match today at this
level and be successful," commented Head Coach Ian Halliday (Calgary,
AB). "While we were physically prepared and had some confidence from
our successes yesterday, we just weren't prepared to compete against a
team with the passion of Brazil."
Canada will play for the bronze medal tomorrow at 4 pm CST against
Kingston swimmer Chris Sergeant-Tsonos has been one of Canada's busiest
athletes and also one of its best at the Parapan American Games and he
showed why once again on Thursday placing fifth in the men's 200-metre
Sergeant-Tsonos clocked three minutes and 03.87 seconds with Luis
Guillen of Mexico winning the gold in a Parapan Am record time.
Jean-Sébastien Lapointe of Repentigny, Que., was ninth.
The 18-year-old Sergeant-Tsonos 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 eighth in the 100
In other men's finals Thursday, Andrew Cooke of Penticton, B.C., was
sixth in the S5 50 freestyle and Nik Tolgyesi of Kingston and Chris
Daniel of Calgary were 10th and 11th in the S6 100 freestyle.
Danielle Kisser of North Delta, B.C., and Jenna Lambert of Kingston,
Ont., were seventh and ninth in the women's S6 100 freestyle.
Canada's medal count in swimming remains at 17 with three gold, six
silver and eight bronze. Competition continues Friday.
Entering day two of team competition Ian Kent (Eastern Passage, NS) and
Masoud Mojtahed (Austin, TX) continued their undefeated ways in the
class 6, 7, 8 category with a straight set victory over Chile in the
morning and repeating the feat once again in evening competition
The second game was particularly rewarding as Argentina used a
lower-ranked player against Mojtihed who specialized in using a "long
pips" technique in which the rubber on the paddle puts extra spin on
the ball. The strategy against the Canadian lefty failed, however, as
Mojtahed defeated his opponent 3-0.
The win moved Canada into the gold medal game tomorrow which will be
played at noon (CST) against the winner of the other semi-final
"The team played well," said Head Coach John MacPherson (Dartmouth, NS).
"Masoud has always given us the early lead and Ian has been able to
close it out. The guys went into the team competition feeling good and
so far we have not been extended into extra sets, which is important
for a veteran team like ours."
Canada Men 86 Guatemala 22
On the strength of great shooting, the Canadian Men's Wheelchair
Basketball Team cruised past Guatemala 86-22 in their quarterfinal
match and are now one win away from qualifying for the 2012 Paralympic
Canada must finish in the top three to earn a berth in next year's
Paralympics where they can reach the podium for the fourth consecutive
year after back-to-back gold medals in 2000 and 2004 and a silver in
Adam Lancia (Toronto, ON) helped pave the way for the victory over
Guatemala scoring a game high 18 points. He shot an impressive 9-for-13
from the field (69%) and added eight rebounds.
Canada will now put its 4-0 record to the test in the semi-finals
against Colombia on Friday at 6 p.m.
Canada Women 71 Mexico 59
A 71-59 semi-final defeat of Mexico places Canada in the gold medal
match against the U.S. on Saturday November 19 at 6:00 p.m. (CST) and
also ensures they place amongst the top three nations in this
tournament, who all earn a berth for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Canada leveraged their overall team speed to open the game and quickly
established a 12-0 lead. With the Canadians applying full court
pressure, Mexico wasn't able to score their first basket until midway
through the first quarter. By the end of the frame Canada had stretched
the lead to 23-6.
With a very loud hometown crowd behind them, Mexico was able to turn
things around in the second and third quarter, but a composed Canadian
squad put the brakes on the comeback on hung on for the win.
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