It had been a quiet Day 7 on the Canadian medal front, but a 20-year-old from Markham, Ont., ensured the country would not be shut out.
Zachary Gingras won bronze in the men’s T38 400-metre final on Tuesday, racing to a personal best time of 50.85 seconds — his first Paralympic medal.
In order to secure a place in Tuesday’s final, Gingras achieved a personal best time of 51.81 seconds in his qualifying heat on Monday.
“This country has given me so much. I’m so proud right now,” Gingras told CBC Sports’ Devin Heroux following the race.
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Gingras, who lives with cerebral palsy, ran to a silver medal in the event at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima.
Mexico’s Jose Rodolfo Chessani Garcia claimed gold with a personal best time of 49.99 seconds, while Tunisia’s Mohamed Farhat Chida took silver, running 50.33 seconds.
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Shortly afterward, Marissa Papaconstantinou set yet another personal best in the women’s T64 200m final, but fell just shy of the podium with a fifth-place finish.
The 21-year-old from Toronto ran completed the race in a time of 27.08 seconds.
Papaconstantinou cruised into the final after running a previous PB time of 27.22 seconds in her Monday heat, where she placed second.
Papaconstantinou is competing at her second Games after debuting in 2016 at 16 years old. However, she was disqualified from the 200m in Rio for stepping on the line during her race and placed ninth in the 100m.
Just as she seemed to be turning a corner following that disappointment, Papaconstantinou battled through injuries which included two torn hamstrings.
The T64 category is reserved for athletes with lower limb prostheses.
Women’s wheelchair basketball eliminated by U.S.
The journey to the podium for the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team has come to an end in Tokyo with a loss to their American rivals.
Canada was defeated 63-48 by the United States in the quarter-finals on Tuesday at the Ariake Arena. The Americans, the defending gold medallists, will move on to the semifinals.
Tears fell on the court, as the Canadians hoped to earn a medal for the first time since 2004.
Canada was battling against a team that found its mark in the first two quarters, the United States leading 33 over 23 at halftime.
While the Canadians hoped for momentum in the second half and slashed at the Americans’ lead, the threats of Rose Hollermann and Natalie Schneider were too much to regain ground.
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Arinn Young of Legal, Alta., was Canada’s top scorer with 11 points. Young also had eight rebounds and six assists.
She was the only Canadian to reach double digits, with Cindy Ouellet scoring nine points and Kady Dandeneau with eight.
It was a rematch of the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, where Canada beat the Americans for the gold medal.
This time the Canadians will play against the winner of the Japan vs. Netherlands game to determine fifth and sixth place.
Shaw just misses podium in road cycling time trial
Canada’s Keely Shaw narrowly missed her second medal at the Tokyo Paralympics.
The Saskatoon resident placed fourth in the women’s road cycling C4 time trial on Tuesday in Japan with a time of 42 minutes 11.09 seconds.
That was less than a minute off of bronze medallist Meg Lemon of Australia, who crossed the finish line in 41:14.42. American Shawn Morelli took gold at 39:33.79 while Australia’s Emily Petricola grabbed silver at 39:43.09.
Fellow Canadian Kate O’Brien of Calgary, who rode to silver in the 500m time trial on the track in Tokyo, was unable to finish.
On the road at Fuji International Speedway, Shaw was steady in her position, placing fourth after each of the three laps in the 24-kilometre race.
The Canadian has left-side paralysis after falling off a horse in 2009. Prior to the accident she played ice hockey, which she credits for giving her the lower-body strength to compete in cycling.
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Meanwhile, in the men’s C1 time trial Canada’s Ross Wilson placed seventh with a time of 27:57.31.
Wilson won silver in the 8-km event at Rio 2016, but fell behind early in Tokyo and couldn’t make up enough ground in his second lap to get back on the podium.
The 39-year-old Edmonton native only began competing in 2014.
Canada also had three competitors in the men’s H3 time trial, including 2016 bronze medallist Charles Moreau.
But Moreau, along with Joey Desjardins and Alex Hyndman, failed to crack the top 10 in the 24-km event in Tokyo.
Canadians Marie-Ève Croteau and Shelley Gautier both competed in the women’s T1-2 time trial. Croteau, 41, finished strong with a time of 39:45.55 in sixth place.
Gautier pushed to the end of the 16-kilometre course, notching a factored time of 41:07.32 for eighth place. Since Gautier is a T1 rider, a factor is applied to her real time.
Canadian trio finish off podium in finals
Nicholas Bennett, Sabrina Duchesne and Alec Elliot all booked spots in medal races at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre, but the trio finished off the podium in their respective events.
Bennett was the first to race, placing seventh in the men’s SM14 200-metre individual medley with yet another Canadian-record breaking swim.
After punching his ticket to the finals in emphatic fashion earlier in the day — setting a Canadian record with his time of 2:13.94 — he bettered that time, lowering it to 2:13.21.
Bennett, Canada’s youngest Paralympian in Tokyo at 17, tied for the fourth-fastest time among all the qualifying heats.
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Duchesne also bettered a mark she set in the women’s S7 100-metre freestyle final on Tuesday.
Duchesne, 20, finished her race in a time of 1:14.55 to place sixth. That beat a personal best of 1:14.95 set earlier Tuesday, which allowed her to take the eighth and final spot in Tuesday morning’s final.
There were two bronzes awarded, as Ukraine’s Yelyzaveta Mereshko and China’s Jiang Yuyan both touched the wall in 1:11.07. Now they both share an S6 world record.
Duchesne was previously part of Canada’s bronze-medal relay team and placed fifth in the S7 400-metre freestyle.
Canada’s Shelby Newkirk and Camille Bérubé failed to advance in the event.
Finally, Elliot posted a fast swim of 58.44 in the S10 100-metre butterfly final to finish fifth.
He blasted into the final with a time of 58.59 seconds, the fifth-best mark in qualifying.
The 25-year-old from St-Augustin, Que., placed fourth in the distance in 2016.
In other events, Canada’s Katarina Roxon, Angela Marina, Tammy Cunnington and Zach Zona all fell short of medal races.