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Canada's Kent wins table tennis gold at Parapan American Games

Canada's Ian Kent won a gold medal in table tennis at the Parapan American Games on Tuesday.

Canada's Ian Kent won a gold medal in table tennis at the Parapan American Games on Tuesday.   

The native of Eastern Passage, N.S., dropped the opener but roared back to win the next three sets against Brazil's Paulo Salmin, 7-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-3.   

"This was very different from my other wins," Kent said. "This was a very cerebral match, with ball control not power at a premium. My opponent was young and he had trouble with the spin.   

"It was great to win gold for Canada."   

Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, Ont., won silver in the women's T38 classification 200-metres in a time of 35.41 seconds.   

Braedon Dolfo of Langley, B.C., took bronze in the men's T13 100-metres in a new Canadian record time of 11.34 seconds.   

Isaiah Christophe of Brampton, Ont., qualified for Wednesday's wheelchair T54 classification 400-metres final, finishing fourth in the semifinal in a time of 54.11 seconds. Earlier in the day Christophe advanced to the T54 wheelchair 200-metres final by clocking in at 27.49 seconds. The 200-metre final is scheduled for Friday evening.   

Renee Foessel of Mississauga, Ont., finished fourth with a new personal best in the women's F37/38 classification javelin with a throw of 22.88 metres. Brazil's Shirlene Coelho took gold in a new Parapan American Games record of 33.99 metres.   

In the men's visually impaired T12 classification 400-metres final, the Ottawa team of Brandon King and guide runner Cody Boast finished fourth in 55.48 seconds.   

Less than three days into the Games, Canada has earned 23 medals.