Paralympics·DAY 9 ROUNDUP

Aurélie Rivard of Canada wins silver for 10th career Paralympic medal

The ninth day of competition at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games features Para swimming, Para athletics, Para cycling and more. Here's the latest on those events and all the other action happening in Japan.

Canada's Brent Lakatos wins silver in men's T53 800m, his 4th silver of Games

Canada's Aurélie Rivard has won a fifth medal at the Tokyo Paralympics. 

The St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., swimmer came from behind with a wonderful finish to secure a silver medal in the women's S10 100-metre backstroke final on Thursday in Japan. 

With fantastic speed, Rivard claimed second place in a time of one minute 8.94 seconds, a personal best. 

The hardware makes it 10 Paralympic medals for Rivard over the course of her career. 

WATCH | What you missed on Day 9 in Tokyo:

While You Were Sleeping: Aurélie Rivard wins her 5th medal in Tokyo, Brent Lakatos takes 4th silver, sitting volleyball team moves on to semis

1 year ago
Duration 3:28
Aurélie Rivard wins her 10th career Paralympic medal, Brent Lakatos misses out on a Gold medal to Pongsakorn Paeyo, Canada’s women’s sitting volleyball team defeats Japan to advance to the semifinals against China

"The medal was unexpected. I was aiming for a podium. I'm really happy to have gotten silver," Rivard said afterward.

"The race was awesome, I finished really well. I'm really pleased with the way that I raced even though I had no idea where I was in the field until I touched the wall."

Rivard, 25, won gold in the 400-metre freestyle on Wednesday, her second time topping the podium in Tokyo after also winning the 100-metre freestyle.

The Canadian has also taken bronze in the 50-metre freestyle and as part of the Canadian team in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

WATCH | Rivard wins her fifth medal of the Tokyo Paralympic Games:

Bianka Pap of Hungary earned gold in a time of 1:06.70, while Lisa Kruger of the Netherlands won bronze.

Rivard had a great start to the race, but touched the wall at the 50-metre mark in fifth place. While Pap's lead was untouchable, after a solid turn, the Canadian emerged in front of the rest of her competitors and blasted to a silver.

She placed third in her qualifying heat for this event earlier in the day with a time of 1:11.11.

Rivard's other nine career Paralympic medals include eight in freestyle and one in individual medley.

She placed fourth in the 100-metre backstroke at the Rio Paralympics and followed it up with bronze at the 2019 world championships.

Rivard is also entered in the SM10 200-metre individual medley on the final day of swimming competition on Friday.

Meanwhile, fellow Canadian Angela Marina failed to advance to the S14 100-metre backstroke final after finishing fifth in her heat.

WATCH | Canada's Rivard receives her silver at the Games:

Lakatos wins 4th silver of Games

Canada's Brent Lakatos raised his own Paralympic career medal count to 11 on Thursday.

Lakatos, 41, finished second in the T53 men's 800-metre final with a time of 1:36.32 on a soaking wet track in the rain at Tokyo's Olympic Stadium.

The Dorval, Que., native led going into the final 400 metres, but it was Thailand's Pongsakorn Paeyo who once again managed to cross the finish line first to claim gold. Despite the inclement weather, Paeyo set a new Paralympic record after clocking in with a time of 1:36.07.

WATCH | Brent Lakatos soars to 4th silver of Tokyo Games:

The second-place finish means Lakatos has won four medals at the Tokyo Games — all of them silver.

"It's been a lot of silver and I really wanted to bring home a gold. I really wanted to have our anthem played. I'm sure that, in a couple days, it will feel absolutely great," Lakatos said.

"I've got the marathon to focus on, so I'm going to think about that over the next couple of days and just try to come out and do my best."

Lakatos, who owns the world record in the 800-metre discipline at 1:31.69, punched his ticket to the final by racing to a time of 1:42.29 during heats.

With the conclusion of the 800-metre final, Lakatos now finally gets some reprieve from his busy schedule, which also included the 1,500-metre, before he races in the marathon on Sunday.

WATCH | Brent Lakatos receives 800m silver medal:

Later on, Jessica Frotten, of Whitehorse, Y.T., raced to eighth place in the women's T53 400-metre race. She put down a time of one minute 1.16 seconds as the rain came down at the National Stadium.

Frotten came fourth in her qualifying heat earlier with a time of 59.98 seconds, also competing on the wet track. That was just fast enough to send her through to the finals in the last spot.

Marissa Papaconstantinou rounded out the day by qualifying for the women's T64 100-metre final.

The 21-year-old from Toronto finished second in her heat with a season-best time of 13.22 seconds.

Papaconstantinou set a personal best during her 200-metre final on Tuesday, but came up shy of the podium in fifth position.

The women's T64 100-metre final is set for 6:14 a.m. ET on Friday.

Canada wins boccia pairs opener

The Canadian team of Alison Levine, Iulian Ciobanu and Marco Dispaltro started its day by dispatching Portugal 9-4 to open the BC4 boccia pairs competition.

Levine and Ciobanu previously missed the knockout stage in the individual event. Though there's three players on the pairs team, only two compete at a time.

But the team later fell to Brazil in its second match of the day, with it all coming down to the fourth end with a 3-3 tie. 

It was a tightly packed situation, with the Brazilians at one point popping a ball up onto the jack.

Brazil opted not to throw its final ball and clinched a single point to pull off a 4-3 win over the Canadians. 

Canada will play two more games in pairs group play, with the next against Great Britain at 10:15 p.m. ET on Thursday. Slovakia rounds out Group A.

The top two teams from each pool move on to the semifinals.

Canadian earns 5th place in road race

Canadian Shelley Gautier raced to fifth place in the women's T1-2 road race as the rain continued to pour onto the track. She posted a time of one hour 24.48 seconds in treacherous conditions. 

Canada's Marie-Ève Croteau was also competing in the event, but wasn't able to finish after a hard crash in the rain, where she spilled onto her side. Australian Carol Cooke went down as well — though she wasn't tangled with the Canadian, the athlete seemed to hit the German rider between herself and Croteau — and didn't finish either. 

The 41-year-old of Quebec City had a fourth place finish in Rio 2016. 

In the women's C4-5 road race, Canada's Keely Shaw placed 13th in foggy and wet conditions.

Over in the men's C1-3 race, Ross Wilson of Canada also did not finish.

WATCH | What you missed on Day 8 in Tokyo:

With files from Myles Dichter, Christine Rankin, Dion Caputi

Add some “good” to your morning and evening.

A variety of newsletters you'll love, delivered straight to you.

Sign up now


To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Become a CBC Member

Join the conversation  Create account

Already have an account?