Sept. 13, 2016 – RIO DE JANEIRO – Aurélie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., won the gold medal and set a Games record with a victory in the women’s S10 100-m freestyle on Tuesday evening at the Paralympics.
“I wanted the gold, which I got,” said the 20-year-old, who set the world record of 59.17 at last summer’s Parapan American Games in Toronto. “I’m a little disappointed in my own performance. I own the world record so I wanted to break my own time. I know what I did wrong.”
Tess Routliffe of Caledon, Ont., won Canada’s other medal today, also in the pool, taking the silver in the women’s SM7 200-m IM. Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C. was fifth in that race. Nathan Stein of Surrey, B.C., was seventh in the men’s S10 100-m freestyle.
“I’m used to having to fight until the last end of it,” said the 17-year-old who was second in the same race at last summer’s IPC Swimming World Championships.
“In all my races it’s me coming back in the second half. That’s why I am who I am. I’m a fighter and I race. I just find it in me, the last little bit.”
Rivard has three medals so far at the Games. She opened with gold and a world record in the 50-m freestyle and added a silver in the 200-m IM.
Canada now has 14 medals (4-8-2) after six days of competition and stands 14thin the country standings.
In athletics, Jason Dunkerley and guide runner Josh Karanja of Ottawa, Ont., were fifth in the T11 1500-metres final in a season’s best of 4:07.98.
“We wanted the medal,” said Dunkerley. ”I thought we ran well today. On a different day we could have won with that performance. I don’t think we could have done more. I am really proud in that respect of what Josh and I have been able to accomplish.”
Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., raced to a sixth place finish in the T54 1500-metres final in 3:24.57, also a season’s best for the six-time Paralympian.
“I am very happy with placing sixth,” she said. ”I knew that to be in the top four would be very difficult. It would have taken a mistake from the lead group. I managed my race very well and overall.”
Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., qualified for the final of the T34 (wheelchair) 800-metres in 1:47.61.
Both Canadian goalball teams advanced to quarterfinals after they completed their preliminary rounds.
Amy Burk of Charlottetown scored all six Canadian goals in a 6-0 win over Australia. Canada ends the preliminary round at 2-2. Canada advances to quarterfinals against the U.S. on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
The men’s team lost 6-3 to Sweden to finish at 1-3. Canada advances to the quarterfinals against Lithuania on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
The sailing competition was disrupted by wind and heat delays postponing some races. However two Canadian crews are off to great starts after their races on Monday and Tuesday. John McRoberts and Jackie Gay of Victoria in the Skud 18 are second and Paul Tingley of Halifax; Logan Campbell of Saskatoon and Scott Lutes of Montreal in the Sonar are third.
In shooting, Doug Blessin of Tri-City, B.C., posted a strong sixth place finish in the mixed 10m air rifle in prone position.
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How Canadians did on Tuesday September 13, 2016 at the Paralympic Games in Rio (all distances in metres)
Men’s T34 800: Austin Smeenk, Oakville, Ont., 7th in heats advances to final Wednesday at 5:50 p.m.
Men’s T11 1500: Jason Dunkerley, Ottawa and his guide Josh Karanja, Ottawa, placed fifth in final.
Women’s T54 1500: Diane Roy, Sherbrooke, Que., was sixth in final.
Boccia (preliminary round)
Mixed individual BC3: Bruno Garneau, Montreal lost to Jose Carlos Macedo, Portugal 7-2
Mixed individual BC4: Marco Dispaltro, St-Jérôme, Que., defeated Alison Levine, Montreal 5-2
Mixed individual BC3: Éric Bussière, Verchères, Que., lost to Kenneth Verwinp, Belgium, 7-2
Mixed individual BC3: Bruno Garneau, Montreal lost to Ye Jin Choi, South Korea, 8-1
Team Test Grade II: Lauren Barwick, Reddick, Florida, placed seventh.
Individual championship test Grade III: Roberta Sheffield, Lincolnshire, UK, placed 14th.
Men’s preliminary – Canada lost to Sweden 6-3 to finish preliminaries at one win and three losses and fourth place in pool A. Canada advances to quarterfinals against Lithuania on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Women’s preliminary – Canada defeated Australia 6-0. Amy Burk, Charlottetown, scored all six goals. Canada ends preliminary round at 2-2. Canada advances to quarterfinals against the U.S. Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.
2-person keelboat (Skud 18): John McRoberts, Victoria and Jackie Gay, Victoria were first in race 03 and race 04 was postponed. They stand second overall.
3-person keelboat (Sonar): Paul Tingley, Halifax; Logan Campbell, Saskatoon; Scott Lutes, Montreal were second in race 03 and race 04 was postponed. They stand third overall.
1-person keelboat (2.4mR): Bruce Millar, Victoria – race 03 and 04 were postponed. He stands eighth overall.
Mixed 10m air rifle prone SH2: Doug Blessin, Tri-City, B.C. placed sixth in final.
Women’s preliminary round – Canada lost to Ukraine 25-20, 25-19, 25-16 and drop to 0-3. Danielle Ellis, White Rock, B.C., led Canada with 13 points.
Women’s SM7 200 IM: Tess Routliffe, Caledon, Ont., won the silver medal and Sarah Mehain, Vernon, B.C., was fifth in the final. Nydia Langill, Mississauga, Ont., was 10th in heats and did not advance.
Men’s S10 100 freestyle: Nathan Stein, Surrey, B.C., was seventh in the final. Alec Elliott, Kitchener, Ont., and Isaac Bouckley of Port Hope, Ont., were 11th and 13thin heats and did not advance.
Women’s S10 100-m freestyle: Aurélie Rivard, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., won the gold medal in a Games record 59.31. Samantha Ryan, Saskatoon, was 17th in heats and did not advance.
Women’s S8 100-m backstroke: Abi Tripp, Kingston, Ont., Danielle Dorris, Moncton, N.B., Sabrina Duchesne, Quebec City, were 10th, 15th, 17th in heats and did not advance.
Women’s class 7 bronze medal match: Stephanie Chan, Richmond, B.C. lost to Seong Ok Kim, South Korea, 12-14, 11-7, 11-7, 11-8. Chan places fourth.
Women’s quarterfinal – Canada lost 78-60 to the Netherlands. Cindy Ouellet, Quebec City was Canada’s top scorer with 20 points. Canada plays China for fifth place on Friday at 3:15 p.m.
Preliminary round men’s epee category A: Matthieu Hébert, Beauharnois, Que., finished with one win and four losses and did not advance to place 10th overall: lost 5-4 to Matteo Betti, Italy; lost 5-1 to Zainulabdeen Al-Madhkhoori, Iraq; lost 5-1 to Romain Noble, France; lost 5-2 to Gang Sun, China; won 5-1 over Fabio Luiz Damasceno, Brazil.
Canadians in action on Wednesday September 14, 2016 at the Paralympic Games in Rio (all times Rio time)
11 a.m.: Kevin Evans, Jaffray, B.C. vs Gianpaolo Cancelli, Italy, round of 32 men’s individual compound