Canada's wheelchair rugby team misses the Paralympic podium
Japan takes bronze as Canadians suffer 3rd-straight loss
Canada's wheelchair rugby team finished off the Paralympic podium for the first time since the 2000 Sydney Games after losing the bronze-medal match to Japan by a score of 52-50.
It was the Canadians third loss in as many days, as they again fell behind early and could not manage a comeback.
Japan's Daisuke Ikezaki led his team with 19 points, while Yukinobu Ike added 18 for a balanced attack that Canada was unable to match.
Zak Madell, of Okotoks, Alta., put in another strong effort with a 35-point performance.
Prior to Rio, Canada had enjoyed a successful run in wheelchair rugby. This will be only the second time they have not reached the Paralympic podium since 1996.
Australia successfully defended their gold medal from 2012, defeating the United States 59-58 in overtime in Sunday's later match.