Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Zak Madell Leads Canada to Wheelchair Rugby Gold on Day 7 of Parapan Am Games

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Zak Madell Leads Canada to Wheelchair Rugby Gold on Day 7 of Parapan Am Games

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Madell shines on Day 7 of Parapan Am Games

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TORONTO - Zak Madell turned in a dominating performance on Day 7 on the 2015 Parapan American Games.

The 21-year-old from Okotoks, Alta., scored 34 goals as Canada booked its ticket to the Rio Paralympics with a thrilling 57-54 gold-medal victory against the U.S.

"I wouldn't trade this (gold medal) for the world right now," Madell said.

It was the Canadians' 50th gold medal of the Games and brought their overall total to 166 medals. They'll finish second in the medal standings and trail only Brazil, which has 107 gold and 255 total medals. The Americans are third with 39 gold and 133 overall medals.

Canada's men's wheelchair basketball team secured a spot at next summer's Rio Paralympics with a 70-54 semifinal win against Brazil. David Eng led the way with a game-high 28 points for the Canadians, who will play the U.S. on Saturday for gold.

"I'm feeling amazing right now. It's amazing to get the opportunity now to go to the Paralympics, it'll be my first one and just to play on this stage and then an even bigger stage in Rio. We're going to be preparing very hard so we'll be ready to go," said 17-year-old Liam Hickey, of St. John's N.L.

In women's action, Janet McLachlan, of Vancouver, B.C., led Canada with 27 points but it wasn't enough as it fell 80-72 to the U.S. in the gold-medal game.

Brent Lakatos, of Dorval, Que., and Alexandre Dupont, of Clarenceville, Que., both won their third gold medals of the Games. Lakatos finished first in the T54 400-metre wheelchair race while Dupont led a one-two finish for the Canadians in the T54 1,500 wheelchair race with Josh Cassidy of Port Elgin, Ont., earning his third silver of the tournament.

Ottawa's Whitney Bogart scored eight goals to help Canada beat Guatemala 11-1 and take bronze in goalball. It also qualifies them for next summer's Paralympics. …

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