Canada nabs archery gold, silver at Parapan Am Games
Canadians were on the mark Thursday at the Parapan American Games.
Kevin Evans of Jaffray, B.C. won gold and Robert Hudson of Leoville, Sask., took silver in the men's individual compound category of archery.
Evans beat Hudson 7-3 to take first place in the competition.
"It was a beautiful competition," Evans said. "I'm very excited. I needed to win here to go to London. Dreams come true. It seems like stars were in line."
Canadian athletes added six more medals in athletics, bringing the medal total in track and field to 13 (seven silver and six bronze).
Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, Ont., captured her second medal of the games in with a silver the women's T37 classification 100-metre final.
McLachlan's time of 16.74 seconds was second to Brazil's Jenifer Santos.
"This medal is really special to me. I dedicate this to my grandma," said McLachlan, who 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-metre final in a personal best time of 24.37 seconds.
Brazil's Edson Pinheiro won the gold medal in 24.03 seconds.
Whitehouse was not satisfied with silver.
"I know I could have caught [Pinheiro]. I don't know why I slowed down, I could have beaten him," Whitehouse said.
On his 20th birthday, Shayne Dobson of Campbellton, N.B., captured a bronze medal in new Canadian record time of two minutes 19.06 seconds in the men's T37 800-metre final.
Jason Dunkerley and guide runner Cody Boast, both from Ottawa, raced to silver in the men's visually impaired 1500-metre final in 4:20.17.
Christy Campbell of Kitchener, Ont., took bronze in the women's T34 100-metre final. Rachael Burrows of Barrie, Ont., crossed the line just behind Campbell in 23.35 seconds.
Calgary's Alister McQueen won bronze in the men's F44 javelin with a throw of 22.02 metres.
Canada's undefeated women's wheelchair basketball team qualified for the 2012 Paralympic Games in London with a 71-59 semifinal win over Mexico.
Cindy Ouellet of Quebec City led Canada with 25 points, while Janet McLachlan of West Vancouver, B.C., added 21 points and 17 rebounds.
Canada will face the United States for the gold medal on Saturday.
Canada's sitting volleyball team failed to qualify for the 2012 Games after a 25-9, 25-8 25-13 semifinal loss to Brazil.
Greg Stewart of Kamloops, B.C., led the Canadian attack with nine points.
"We were not mentally prepared to play a semifinal match today at this level and be successful," said Canada's head coach Ian Halliday. "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."