Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Misses Podium on Day 9 of the Rio Paralympic Games

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada Misses Podium on Day 9 of the Rio Paralympic Games

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Canadian sailboat crews in medal contention


RIO DE JANEIRO - Two Canadian sailboat crews are in medal positions heading into Saturday's final race at the Rio Paralympic Games.

Canada is currently second place in the SKUD (two-person boat) with John McRoberts and Jackie Gay of Victoria while Halifax's Paul Tingley, Saskatoon's Logan Campbell and Montreal's Scott Lutes are sitting in third in the Sonar (three-person boat).

All three Canadian boats sailed two races on Friday for a total of 10 races per event on the sailing scoreboard. One race remains Saturday to determine the Paralympic sailing medals.

Canada was unable to reach the podium Friday and remains 13th overall in the country standings with seven gold, nine silver and eight bronze for 24 total medals.

In wheelchair rugby, Canada lost to Australia 63-62 in overtime in a rematch of the gold-medal final in London won by the Aussies four years ago.

The Canadians finished the preliminary round 2-1 and will play the United States on Saturday in semifinal action.

Australia won the three-minute overtime 7-6 after nothing could be decided in regulation. Zak Madell of Okotoks, Alta., once again led the Canadian attack with 39 goals.

In para-cycling, four Canadians competed on Friday with Quebec City's Marie-Eve Croteau coming in as the top finisher in fourth place in the women's combined T1-T2 30-kilometre road race. Croteau and Toronto's Shelley Gautier raced in the combined with Gautier finishing sixth. Gautier was the only competitor in the T1 category.

"I am very proud of my race," said Croteau. "I didn't miss (the podium) by very much, and honestly, it had been a while since I last rode in a pack.

"I won't hide it, for sure I was aiming for a podium. I understand that it was very close, that's really unfortunate but with everything that happened in the last four years ... I fought a lot, a lot, and the fact is that I had health issues so just the fact of being here, I can't be disappointed."

In the 71.1-kilometre road race for the combined men's C1, C2 and C3 categories, Tristen Chernove of Cranbrook, B. …

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