Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chalifour and Cloutier Help Boost Canada's Medal Totals on Day 6 of Parapan Ams

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Chalifour and Cloutier Help Boost Canada's Medal Totals on Day 6 of Parapan Ams

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Canada wins 27 medals on Day 6 of Parapans


TORONTO - Daniel Chalifour and pilot Alexandre Cloutier are doing their part for Canada at the Parapan American Games.

Chalifour of Mont-Laurier, Que., and Cloutier, of St-Antoine-de-Tilly, Que., led a Canadian sweep in the mixed time trial B on Thursday.

In total, 27 medals were won in six different sports by Canada on Day 6 of competition.

The Canadians have 43 gold and 140 medals overall -- trailing only Brazil, which has 86 gold and 210 overall. The United States is third with 34 gold and 110 total medals.

"A super week," said Chalifour, who also finished first in the pursuit and one-kilometre time trial on the track and second in the road race last weekend. '"We came in here with some question marks but we performed beyond our expectations. It's hard to ask for better."

Chalifour and Cloutier clocked 26 minutes 47.11 seconds. Robbi Weldon of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Audrey Lemieux of Montreal took silver in 26:58.04 and Saskatoon's Shawna Ryan and Joanie Caron of Rimouski, Que., were third at 27:47.62.

Charles Moreau, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., won the bronze medal in mixed time trial H1-5 while Toronto's Shelley Gautier took silver in the mixed time trial T1-2.

Wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., won his second gold medal of the Games, taking first place in the T53 800-metre race. Kyle Whitehouse of St. Catharines, Ont., added a gold medal in the men's T38 200.

Lakatos thought he had wrapped up the T53 800 title when he crossed the line first when the race was originally run on Wednesday, but a crash and a subsequent disqualification forced a re-run.

"We go out there and we've got to be focused when we're doing it," he said. "We have no idea what's going to happen so you have to be prepared for everything, you can't be thinking about what happened yesterday or last month.

"Just went out there and did it."

He finished in one minute 43.90 seconds, ahead of the Colombian pair of Edisson Martinez Sarmiento and Jesus Aguilar.

Lakatos won the 100 metres earlier this week, and could add another gold in Friday night's 400 metres.

Alexandre Dupont and his wife Ilana Dupont of Clarenceville, Que. …

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