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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:
SILVER - Ian Kent (Eastern Passage, NS) and Masoud Mojtahed (Austin, TX)
in the class 6 - 8 table tennis team event
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
BRONZE - Tony Walby (Ottawa, ON / +100Kg)
BRONZE - Timothy Rees (Waterloo, ON / -100Kg)
BRONZE - Men's team defeated Colombia 25-13, 25-12, 25-16
Canada's track and field team added three more medals today in
Guadalajara, bringing their tally to 16 (eight silver and eight
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
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.
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
"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.
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."
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
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
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
"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,
The Canadians will play Mexico at 1 p.m. on Saturday to battle for the
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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