Para-cyclists power Canadian medal haul
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.”