Canadian Trail: Multi-medallists take over Parapan Am water

Canada's Aurelie Rivard continued her domination in the Parapan Am Games pool with her fourth gold medal this week, while Tess Routliffe kept pace with her third gold in the water on Wednesday.

Rivard, Routliffe lead country in individual medal count

Canada's Aurelie Rivard leads all athletes at the 2015 Parapan Am Games with five medals, including four gold. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press)

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. 

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. 

"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. 

"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. 

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. 

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. 

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


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