Canadians champion swimming, athletics at Parapan Am Games
Swimming and athletics led the way for Canada on the second day of competition at the Parapan American Games.
Canadian swimmers picking up nine medals on Monday, including a gold, while the track and field team won four.
Canada has earned 22 medals in total. The host country leads with 34 while Brazil is second with 30 in total. The U.S. has 25 medals and the most gold with 14.
Kirstie Kasko of Okotoks, Alta., earned Canada's first gold medal in swimming with a win in the women's 200-metre freestyle in the S14 sport class for athletes with an intellectual disability.
It was Canada's second gold medal at the Games.
"I really wanted to show Canada what I could do," said Kasko. "This is my 13th year of swimming and I was aiming for something big. My legs were strong and I cut down on my gliding with my arms."
Jana Murphy of Victoria was third in the race.
The Canadian athletics team opened competition Monday with four medals and two new Canadian records.
"It was awesome, so awesome," said David Greig, a coach for Athletics Canada. "The athletes rose to the occasion and along with the medals, we also had a number of Canadian records and personal bests. It's such a young team and I'm very impressed."
Isaiah Christophe of Brampton, Ont, Jackie Marciano of Halifax, Kevin Strybosch of London, Ont., and Kyle Whitehouse of St. Catharines, Ont., all won medals while Braedon Dolfo of Langley, B.C., and Alister McQueen of Calgary raced to new Canadian records.
Strybosch won silver in the men's F37 javelin. His toss of 39.40 metres broke the Parapan American Games record.
On the track, Whitehouse and Christophe took silver and bronze respectively in the men's T38 and T54 classification 100-metre finals.
Marciano won bronze in the men's amputee 400-metres final in a time of 57.13. He was able to lean by Rob Brown of the United States to secure a podium finish.
"I'm so happy, I just saw at the end he was dying so I leaned and finished in third," said Marciano.
Canada collected two medals in two other races as well.
In the women's S9 100 breaststroke, Hanna Smith of Calgary and Kennedy Pasay of Leduc, Alta., took silver and bronze respectively.
"I thought I definitely had a good race," said Smith. "This was my only race of the competition and I felt some pressure to do really well. I really saw the improvement coming over the past two weeks in training."
Adam Rahier of Nanaimo, B.C., and Maxime Rousselle of St. Alexandre, Que., were also second and third in the S14 100 freestyle.
Canada's other three medals were bronze earned by Danielle Kisser of North Delta, B.C., in the women's S6 100 breaststroke; Thomas Swinkels of Lower Sackville, N.S., in the men's S9 100 breaststroke; and Chris Sergeant of Kingston, Ont., in the men's S8 50 freestyle.
And for the second consecutive day, all four of Canada's team sports in action Monday went undefeated — both men's and women's wheelchair basketball and goalball.