Canadian Trail: Multi-medallists take over Parapan Am water
Rivard, Routliffe lead country in individual medal count
Canada's Aurelie Rivard continued her domination at the pool with her fourth gold medal this week. The 19-year-old set another Parapan Pan Am record to take the women's 200m individual medley SM10(SM9-10) final in 2:30.89.
Teammate Katarina Roxon added her fourth overall medal, coming in 8.56 seconds behind Rivard for her third silver.
CAN Aurelie Rivard wins her 4th gold of the games, Katarina Roxon wins silver in women's 200m IM SM10 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CBCPARAPANAM?src=hash">#CBCPARAPANAM</a> <a href="http://t.co/GXV87zPoti">http://t.co/GXV87zPoti</a>—@cbcsports
Devin Gotell took his first gold medal of the games in the 400m freestyle S13(S11-13) final in a Parapan Am record time of 4:27.46 as part of his second Canadian medal sweep in men's events.
CAN Gotell, Turbide, Mrak sweep the podium for 2nd time in the games. This in men's 400m freestyle S13 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CBCPARAPANAM?src=hash">#CBCPARAPANAM</a> <a href="http://t.co/A9pk3chG61">http://t.co/A9pk3chG61</a>—@cbcsports
"It felt great to be able to come and do this. It was the icing on the cake," said Gotell
Earlier in the day, Tess Routliffe and Sarah Mehain added gold and silver to Canada's Parapan Am Games medal haul on Wednesday, finishing 1-2 in the women's 100-metre freestyle S7 event.
Routliffe, 16, won gold in a Parapan Am record time of one minute 15.46 seconds. Mehain finished 4.02 seconds back after being overtaken by her fellow Canadian down the stretch.
Routliffe followed that performance up later with a repeat result in the 100m breaststroke SB7. She won her third gold medal of the games, setting another Parapan Am record at 1:39.55, while Canadian Camile Berube came in 7.42 seconds behind for the bronze.
CAN Tess Routliffe and Camille Berube win gold and bronze in the women's 100m breaststroke <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CBCPARAPANAM?src=hash">#CBCPARAPANAM</a> <a href="http://t.co/FAO26BNCAR">http://t.co/FAO26BNCAR</a>—@cbcsports
"It gives me confidence to know I can perform under pressure," said Routliffe.
Canadian swimmers won 15 medals Wednesday (five gold, five silver, five bronze), bringing their total to 66 (18-27-21). Brazil leads in the pool with 68 (24-20-24).
Canada falls in preview of wheelchair rugby final
A round-robin rugby match reignited a heated rivalry between Canada and the United States. What many consider an early look at the eventual Parapan Am Games murderball final brought more action than expected.
Canada knocked out the Americans in the team's last two major contests, including the 2012 London Paralympics.
Wednesday's match was a game of inches, with Canada tying in the final seconds to force overtime. They were close to ending the game in the first round of extra time, but Zak Madell lost the ball to Eric Newby at the goal line, pushing it to a second overtime.
Zak Madell loses ball at the goaline with seconds left. Game remains tied at 55-55 heading into 2nd OT <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CBCPARAPANAM?src=hash">#CBCPARAPANAM</a> <a href="http://t.co/JByq4wgOFY">http://t.co/JByq4wgOFY</a>—@cbcsports
The Americans capitalized on their opportunity for a level of revenge and denied Canada a second chance to extend the game, ultimately closing it 60-59 in double overtime.
Failed hail mary by CAN gives USA the win, 60-59, in 2nd OT. Possible gold medal rematch in two days <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CBCPARAPANAM?src=hash">#CBCPARAPANAM</a> <a href="http://t.co/eqL2CkquTQ">http://t.co/eqL2CkquTQ</a>—@cbcsports
Canada will play Brazil in the semifinals on Thursday.
Athletics pile up gold
Canada had another strong day in athletics, with a total of 13 medals, including seven gold.
Toronto's Jason Roberts earned gold in F32-34 men's shot put with a personal-best toss of 10.33 to start the the gold streak.
Canadian Jason Roberts wins gold in men's shot put F32/33/34 with a throw of 10.33m <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CBCPARAPANAM?src=hash">#CBCPARAPANAM</a> <a href="http://t.co/MN0l82e0Kf">http://t.co/MN0l82e0Kf</a>—@cbcsports
Pamela Lejean, Jennifer Brown, Mitchell Chase, Guillaume Ouellet, Renee Foessel and Alex Dupont also came out on top in their respective events.
Also Wednesday, David Eng had 20 points and nine rebounds as Canada's men's wheelchair basketball team beat Puerto Rico 73-34 in the quarter-finals. They will face Brazil on Friday in the semis.
Elsewhere, Canada lost 8-0 to Brazil in seven-a-side soccer, and Brazil beat Canada 12-2 in men's goalball.
With files from The Canadian Press