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Rio 2016: Canadian Wrap-up on Day 8: Rivard Gold and World Record Caps Four-Medal Day for Canada

team-canada-paralympic-headerSept. 15, 2016 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Swimmer Aurélie Rivard collected her third gold, fourth medal and second world record to highlight a productive four-medal day for Canada on Thursday at the Paralympic Games.
Bronze medals were earned by para-swimmer Benoit Huot of Longueuil, Que., his 20th career Paralympic medal, wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., in the men’s T53 800-m and para-cyclist Charles Moreau of Victoriaville, Que., in the men’s H3 road race
Canada now has 24 medals at the Games with seven gold, nine silver and eight bronze for 13th in the country standings.
Rio de Janeiro-15/9/2016- Canada swimmer Benoit Huot swims to a bronze medal in the men's 400m freestyle final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee
Rio de Janeiro-15/9/2016- Canada swimmer Benoit Huot swims to a bronze medal in the men’s 400m freestyle final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Rivard won the S10 400-metre freestyle in 4:29.96, shaving 2.83 seconds off the old world record set by France’s Elodie Lorandi in 2013. Huot swam a personal best 4:04.63 to finish third in the S10 400-m freestyle. After touching the wall, he looked at the clock then pumped his fists in celebration.

 “I’m so happy, I really wanted it,” said Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que. “I was so nervous before the race. I’m so happy and so relieved because I have been training for this for so long. It’s so amazing. “
Rio de Janeiro-15/9/2016- Canada swimmer Benoit Huot swims to a bronze medal in the men's 400m freestyle final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee
Rio de Janeiro-15/9/2016- Canada swimmer Benoit Huot swims to a bronze medal in the men’s 400m freestyle final at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio. Photo Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Huot fought back tears when talking to reporters.

“I feel like it’s a Hollywood script,” said the five-time Paralympian. “It was one of the toughest races I have ever done. ‘Finishing with the 20th medal, probably in my last Paralympic race, I can’t be more happy.”
In para-cycling, Charles Moreau of Victoriaville, Que., won his second bronze medal of Games , the ninth medal for Canada’s para-cycling team in Rio.
RIO DE JANEIRO - 15/9/2016:  Charles Moreau receives his bronze medal for Road Cycling - Men's Road Race H3 and Pontal during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO – 15/9/2016: Charles Moreau receives his bronze medal for Road Cycling – Men’s Road Race H3 and Pontal during the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Matthew Murnaghan/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Moreau finished the men’s H3 category 60 kilometre road race in a six rider sprint for the finish.  Moreau won a bronze medal the previous day in the individual time trial.

”I am ecstatic,” said Moreau. ”I couldn’t ask for more.  In the road race you can always have some surprises, bad luck and accidents.  I had some doubts at about three kilometres from the end.  The Italians did a really good job of working together, so I was happy just to manage third.”
In athletics, Lakatos won his third medal at these Games his sixth overall. In an extremely close race, Lakatos edged his competitor at the finish by two-hundredths of a second to secure bronze.
“I am happy with the bronze,” he said. ”I knew it would be very difficult today. The 800-metres is not my strongest event. I wasn’t able to fight for a position at the beginning. I chose to go in the front so I could control the race a little more. “
RIO DE JANEIRO - 15/09/2016 Brent Lakatos competes in the Men's 800m T53 Final at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Photo by Angela Burger/Canadian Paralympic Committee)
RIO DE JANEIRO – 15/09/2016 Brent Lakatos competes in the Men’s 800m T53 Final at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games at Olympic Stadium. (Photo by Angela Burger/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

Guillaume Ouellete added a fourth in the T11 5000-m final.

In wheelchair rugby, Trevor Hirschfield scored the winning goal with 0.9 seconds left in the first overtime as Canada defeated Britain 50-49 and secured a spot in the semifinals. The Canadians improved to 2-0 and close out the preliminary round Friday against Australia. Zak Madell led Canada with 30 goals.
In para-canoe, Christine Gauthier of Pointe-Claire, QC finished fourth in the women’s KL2 200m while Erica Scarff of Mississauga, Ont., was seventh in the KL3. This was the first time paracanoe was in the Games.
In boccia, Alison Levine of Montreal lost the BC4 mixed individual boccia quarterfinals 3-2 to Pornchok Larpyen Thailand. Levine earns a fifth place ranking in the event.
“It’s very hard to be upset after you play one of the best games of your life,” said Levine. “I had the best game of my life, and to do what when it counts is even more incredible.”
In sailing, John McRoberts, Victoria and Jackie Gay, Victoria were second and fifth today in Skud 18 and are second overall after eight of 11 races. Paul Tingley, Halifax; Logan Campbell, Saskatoon; Scott Lutes, Montreal  are third overall in three -man sonar after winning race eight.
Canada’s Lauren Barwick has qualified to move on to the final Freestyle Test on Friday to close out para-dressage competition.
In women’s sitting volleyball, Canada defeated Rwanda 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-20) on Thursday to finish in seventh place overall at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.
 
How Canadians did Wednesday morning September 15, 2016 at the Paralympic Games in Rio (all distances in metres)
 
Athletics
Men’s T11 5000: Guillaume Ouellet, Quebec City, fourth in final.
Women’s T54 5000: Diane Roy, Sherbrooke, Que., seventh in final.
Men’s T53 800: Brent Lakatos, Dorval, Que., won the bronze medal
 
Boccia
BC4 individual quarterfinal – Alison Levine, Montreal lost to Pornchok Larpyen, Thailand, 3-2. Levine finishes fifth overall.
 
Cycling (Road)
Men’s H3 road race Charles Moreau, Victoriaville, Que., won the bronze medal.
 
Canoe
Women’s KL2 : Christine Gauthier, Dorval, Que., fourth in final.
Women’s KL3:  Erica Scarff, Mississauga, Ont., seventh in final.
Equestrian
Individual championship test – Grade II: Lauren Barwick, Reddick, Florida, finished seventh.
Individual championship test – Grade 1a Robyn Andrews, St. John’s N.L., finished 22nd
 
Sailing
2-person keelboat (Skud 18): John McRoberts, Victoria and Jackie Gay, Victoria  – second in race 07, fifth in race 08 to stand second overall after eight of 11 races.
3-person keelboat (Sonar): Paul Tingley, Halifax; Logan Campbell, Saskatoon; Scott Lutes, Montreal  – 13th in race 07, first in race 08 to stand third overall after eight of 11 races.
1-person keelboat (2.4mR): Bruce Millar, Victoria, – third in race 06, 10th in race 07, fourth in race 08. He is ninth overall after eight of 11races.
 
Sitting volleyball
Women’s seventh-eighth place match – Canada defeated Rwanda 25-21, 21-15, 25-20 to finish in seventh place.
Swimming
Women’s . S9 100-m butterfly: Katerina Roxon, Kippins, N.L. 16th in heats. Did not advance.
Women’s SB6 100-m breaststroke: Nydia Langill, Mississauga, Ont., 12th in heats. Did not advance.
Men’s S10 400-m freestyle:  Benoit Huot, Longueuil, Que., won the bronze medal.  Isaac Bouckley, Port Hope, Ont., and Alec Elliot, Kitchener, Ont., were 10th and 11th in heats and did not advance.
Women’s S10 400-m : Aurélie Rivard, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., won the gold medal in a world record 4:29.96.
Women’s 4X100 freestyle relay 34 points: Canada fifth with Katarina Roxon, Kippens, N.L., Morgan Bird, Calgary, Tess Routliffe, Caledon, Ont., and Aurélie Rivard, St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.
 
Wheelchair rugby
Preliminary round: Canada defeated Britain 50-49 in  overtime to improve to two wins and no losses. Zak Madell, Okotoks, Alta., scored 30 goals for Canada.
 
Canadians in action on Friday September 16, 2016 at the Paralympic Games in Rio (all times Rio time)
 
Archery
9:15 a.m.: Karen Van Nest, Wiarton, Ont., women’s individual compound, round of 16.
 
Athletics
11:46 a.m.: men’s T53-54 4X400-m relay heats.
 
Cycling (Road)
9:30 a.m.: Tristen Chernove, Powell River, B.C., Michael Sametz, Calgary, Ross Wilson, Sherwood Park, Alta., men’s road race C1-2-3.
1:05 p.m.: Marie-Ève Croteau, Lemoyne, Que., and Shelley Gautier, Toronto, women’s T1-2 road race.
 
Sailing
1:05 p.m. John McRoberts, Victoria and Jackie Gay, Victoria  – 2-person keelboat (Skud 18): races 09 and 10.
1:05p.m.: Paul Tingley, Halifax; Logan Campbell, Saskatoon; Scott Lutes, Montreal 3-person keelboat (Sonar) – races 09 and 10.
1:15 p.m.: Bruce Millar, Victoria, 1-person keelboat (2.4mR) races 09 and 10.
 
Swimming
9:30 a.m.: Jean-Michel Lavallière, Quebec City, men’s S7 100-m freestyle heats. Final at 5:30 p.m.
9 :37 a.m. : Tess Routliffe, Caledon, Ont., women’s S7 100-m freestyle heats. Final at 5:36 p.m.
10:04 a.m.: Zack McAllister, Lethbridge, Alta., men’s S8 50-m freestyle heats. Final at 5:57 p.m.
10:09 a.m.: Abi Tripp, Kingston, Ont., Sabrina Duchesne, Quebec City, Morgan Bird, Calgary, women’s S8 50-m freestyle heats. Final at 6:03 p.m.
10:57 a.m.: Tyler Mrak, West Vancouver, men’s S13 100-m freestyle heats. Final at 7:24 p.m.
 
Wheelchair basketball
3:15 p.m.: women’s fifth-sixth place game: Canada (3-2) vs China (2-3)
 
Wheelchair rugby
7:15 p.m. preliminary round – Canada (2-0) vs Australia (1-0)
 
ABOUT TEAM CANADA IN RIO: Canada has a team of 162 athletes competing in 19 sports at the Paralympic Games, Sept. 7 to 18. For more information visit:http://paralympic.ca/team-canada-rio-2016
About the Canadian Paralympic Committee: www.paralympic.ca

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