Tokyo Paralympics

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Medal Count 

Gold: 5 Silver: 10 Bronze: 6

Women: 11 Men: 10

by Kyla McDonald

The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic games continued to demonstrate the resiliency of the athletes, as the Paralympians faced many of the same challenges as the other athletes at the Tokyo Olympic games. For many, Tokyo was the first international competition they had competed in in nearly two years. 128 athletes, including guides, were officially named to the Canadian Paralympic team in which they competed in 18 different sports throughout the duration of the games.

Day one led Canada to the medal podium twice, with Keely Shaw and Aurelie Rivard both winning bronze. Shaw in the women’s Para track cycling C4 3000-metre individual pursuit event with a time of 3:48.342 and Rivard in the women’s 50-metre freestyle swimming event, with a time of 28.11.

Two more medals were won on day two. Tristen Chernove claimed the first siler medal of the Paralympic games in the men’s C1 3000-metre individual pursuit in Para track cycling and Nicolas Guy Turbide also won silver in the men’s S13 100-metre backstroke for visually impaired swimmers with a time of 59.70.

Kate O’Brien of Calgary won silver in the women’s C4-5 500-metre time trial in Para track cycling on day three with a time of 35.830. The day continued with Opening Ceremonies flag bearer, Priscilla Gagné also winning silver in the women’s 52 kg Para judo event.

Day four was a world record breaking day for Aurélie Rivard. She won Team Canada’s first gold medal of the Paralympic games in the women’s 100-metre freestyle S10 event, with a time of 58.14. Brent Lakatos captured the silver medal in the men’s T54 5000-metre wheelchair race with a time of 10:30.19.

Stefan Daniel of Calgary won the bronze medal in the men’s PTS5 Para triathlon on day five with a time of 59:22. The day continued with the women’s 4 x 100-metre freestyle relay team – Morgan Bird, Katarina Roxon, Sabrina Duchesne and Aurélie Rivard – also winning bronze with a time of 4:30.40. Brent Lakatos finished off the day with a second-place finish in the men’s T53 400-metre event with a time of 46.75, a new personal best.

18-year-old Danielle Dorris won silver in the women’s 100-metre backstroke S7 event with a time of 1:21.91 on day six.

Zachary Gingras won bronze on day seven in the men’s T38 400-metre event, with a personal best time of 50.85.

Day eight was another great day for Team Canada with three medals won by the athletes. Greg Stewart won gold in the men’s F46 shot put event with a record-breaking throw of 16.75 metres. Aurélie Rivard defended her title in the women’s 400-metre freestyle S10 event, winning gold with a time of 4:24.08, and Brent Lakatos won his third medal of the games, claiming silver in the men’s T53 100-metre wheelchair race with a time of 14.55.

Aurélie Rivard and Brent Lakatos both won silver in their events on day nine; Rivard in the women’s 100-metre backstroke S10 event with a time of 1:08.94, and Lakatos in the men’s T53 800-metre wheelchair race with a time of 1:36.62.

On day ten, Danielle Dorris set the Paralympic and world record in the women’s 50-metre butterfly S7 event with a time of 32.99 to win gold. Sprinter Marissa Papaconstantinou finished off the day by winning the bronze medal in the women’s T64 100-metre sprint with a time of 13.07.

The last medal for team Canada was won by Nate Riech in the men’s T38 1500-metre event. He took the gold with a time of 3:58.92, more than four seconds ahead of the second-place finisher.