Canada adds 2 bronze medals at Paralympics
Canada added two more bronze medals to its total Monday at the London Paralympics.
Norbert Murphy of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., won bronze in the men's individual compound sitting archery competition.
Murphy beat Finland's Osmo Kinnunen 7-1 in the bronze-medal match. Jeff Fabry of the United States defeated David Drahoninsky of the Czech Republic 6-2 to win gold.
Later, Ottawa's Jason Dunkerley and guide Josh Karanja won bronze in the men's visually impaired T11 1,500 metres in a time of four minutes 7.56 seconds. It's Dunkerley's fourth straight medal in the event.
"I was tightening up around the last 100 metres and Josh kept telling me they're coming, we were able to stay ahead of them at the line," Dunkerley said.
Kenya's Samwel Musahi Kimani and guide James Boit won gold in a world-record time of 3:58.37. Brazil's Santos Osair was second in 4:03.66.
Canada increased its medal total to 13 (three gold, seven silver, three bronze) after six days of competition. Canada sits 12th in the overall medal count and 18th in the gold-medal table.
In the women's T54 classification wheelchair 400-metres, Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., placed fifth in a time of 56.60 seconds.
"It was a tough race, again today the top speed just wasn't there," she said. "Sometimes when you want it so bad you aren't able to relax and that's what happened today."
Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., placed fifth in the men's T53 wheelchair 100-metres final in a time of 15.31 seconds.
Canada continued to look strong in wheelchair basketball, with the men's and women's teams both winning their final preliminary round games and moving on to the quarter-finals.
The men cruised to a 68-42 win over Colombia to finish the preliminary round with a perfect 5-0 record.
Patrick Anderson of Fergus, Ont., played in just the opening quarter against Colombia and added 13 points to his tournament-leading 133 points. He is averaging 26.6 points per game.
Dave Durepos of Fredericton was the game's top scorer with 18 points. Winnipeg's Joey Johnson had a team-high six rebounds, while Bo Hedges of Wonowon, B.C., added 10 points and six assists.
"It felt good out there, and my teammates found me. That's what happens in a good team — they look for the open man and they found me today," Durepos said.
In women's action, Katie Harnock of Elmira, Ont., had 20 points and six rebounds as Canada beat host Great Britain 67-50.
Canada finished the preliminary round 3-1.
Cindy Ouellet of Quebec City added 18 points, eight rebounds, and eight assists in her best-ever Paralympic performance. Janet McLachlan of Vancouver had a game-high 15 rebounds.
"I think it shows our depth and our strength that when we do get everyone involved and we do stick to our plan we are a very successful team," Hancock said. "We have a lot of people that can pour in points and today was another good example of that."
Elsewhere, Canada dumped Japan 1-0 in goalball to improve to 2-1.
On the eve of the para-cycling road races, Dominique Mainguy of Quebec City was forced to withdraw after suffering an injury during training.
Team doctors say Mainguy injured herself in a fall while training.
"She suffered a concussion and collar bone fracture," team doctor Susan Labrecque said in a release. "The collar bone fracture prevents her from moving her left arm, therefore she can't hold her handlebar securely."
The time trials for all para-cycling events are scheduled for Tuesday.
"Receiving the news about my withdrawing was like a slap in the face," Mainguy said in a statement. "I did not want to believe it, I wanted to keep training. I am really, really disappointed."