Para-cy­clists power Cana­dian medal haul

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The Cana­dian Para-cy­cling Team capped the 2011 Para­pan-amer­i­can Games at Guadala­jara, Mex­ico, with five more medals on Satur­day, in­clud­ing two gold medals that con­cludes a per­fect Games for the tan­dem of Robbi Wel­don of Thun­der Bay, Ont., and Lyne Bes­sette of Knowl­ton, Que.

Those five medals on the last day of cy­cling com­pe­ti­tion brought the Cana­dian to­tal to 13, with four on the track and nine on the road.

Wel­don and her pi­lot, Bes­sette, won gold on the road in the time trial and the road race to go with two ear­lier gold medals on the track in the in­di­vid­ual pur­suit and the 1,000-me­tre time trial.

Four golds in a week is a first for us, and it’s a won­der­ful feel­ing know­ing we will go home with four golds,” Wel­don said.

Myr­iam Adam of St-jean-surRiche­lieu, Que., won gold in the H2 (hand cy­cle) divi­sion, while Daniel Chal­i­four of Lac-des-écorces, Que., and pi­lot Ed Veal of Queensville, Ont., won their fourth medal of the Games, a bronze, in the men’s vis­ually im­paired tan­dem divi­sion. MarieEve Croteau of Que­bec City won a bronze in the T2 (tri-cy­cle) divi­sion.

Mean­while, the Cana­dian men’s wheel­chair bas­ket­ball team earned a bronze medal and a spot in the 2012 Sum­mer Par­a­lympic Games with a 60-42 vic­tory against host Mex­ico.

“We had to feel pres­sure. It was a must-win game,” head coach Jerry Tonello of Toronto said. “You don’t get a chance to repli­cate that too of­ten in your ca­reer, in sec­ondary tour­na­ments.”

Patrick An­der­son of Fer­gus, Ont., was the game’s high scorer with 27 points. He also had 12 re­bounds.

David Eng of Mon­treal added 16 points.

The Cana­dian women’s wheel­chair bas­ket­ball team was to play the United States in the gold-medal game, mean­ing Canada had al­ready qual­i­fied for the Par­a­lympics.

In women’s goal­ball, Canada eas­ily de­feated Mex­ico 10-0 to earn a bronze medal. The Cana­dian men’s goal­ball team was also play­ing for bronze.

On Fri­day, Ot­tawa’s Tony Walby col­lected a bronze medal in the over-100-kilo­gram divi­sion of men’s judo.

Walby lost his first match to Brazil’s Wil­ians Silva, but then won against Venezuela’s Wil­liam Mon­tero by ip­pon. Af­ter a sec­ond loss, to Cuba’s Juan Cor­tado, Walby de­feated Demetris Mor­ros of the U.S.

“A mis­take cost me the sil­ver medal,” Walby said. “I am a lit­tle dis­ap­pointed I didn’t get the gold medal, but oth­er­wise I had good fights (Fri­day). I’ve had a good day.”

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