Rivard, Lakatos pave paths for return to Tokyo Paralympic podiums

Canada’s Aurélie Rivard already has four medals at the Tokyo Paralympics, but she’s not done yet.

The St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, Que., swimmer qualified for the S10 100-metre backstroke final on Thursday in Japan, placing third in her heat with a time of one minute 11.11 seconds.

Rivard, 25, won gold in the 400m freestyle on Wednesday, her second time topping the podium in Tokyo after also winning the 100m freestyle. The Canadian has also taken bronze in the 50m freestyle and as part of the Canadian team in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

She’ll add to aim to that total on Thursday at 4:42 a.m. ET.

Rivard now owns nine career Paralympic medals — eight in freestyle and one in individual medley. But she placed fourth in the 100m backstroke at the Rio Paralympics and followed it up with bronze at the 2019 world championships.

Rivard is also entered in the SM10 200m individual medley on the final day of swimming competition on Friday.

Meanwhile, fellow Canadian Angela Marina failed to advance to the S14 100m backstroke final after finishing fifth in her heat.

WATCH | What you missed on Day 8 in Tokyo:

While You Were Sleeping: Aurélie Rivard and Greg Stewart win double gold for Canada

Aurélie Rivard swam to her second gold in Tokyo, Greg Stewart dominates his first Paralympics and Brent Lakatos wins his third silver medal. 4:30

Lakatos launches into 800m final

Canada’s Brent Lakatos soared into the men’s T53 800m final.

Lakatos won his heat with a time of 1:42.29 on a wet track in the rain at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium. The Dorval, Que., native owns the world record in the discipline at 1:31.69.

He’ll race for a medal on Thursday at 7:03 a.m. ET.

Lakatos, 41, has won gold in the event at each of the last three world championships in the event, on top of silver at the 2016 Paralympics.

In Tokyo, he’s taken three silver medals so far — in the 100m, the 400m and the 5,000m.

After the final, Lakatos will finally get some reprieve from his busy schedule, which also included the 1,500m, before he races in the marathon on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Jessica Frotten, of Whitehorse, Y.T., came fourth in her qualifying heat of the women’s T53 400-metre race. 

The athlete recorded a time of 59.98 seconds in the rain, which was just fast enough to send her through to the finals in the eighth spot.

Her final is schedule for 6:30 a.m. ET. 

Canada wins boccia pairs opener

The Canadian team of Alison Levine, Iulian Ciobanu and Marco Dispaltro dispatched Portugal 9-4 to open the BC4 boccia pairs competition.

Levine and Ciobanu previously missed the knockout stage in the individual event. Though there’s three players on the pairs team, only two compete at a time.

Canada will play three more games in pairs group play, with the next coming on Thursday at 5:05 a.m. ET against Brazil. Great Britain and Slovakia round out Group A.

The top two teams from each pool move on to the semifinals.

Canadian crashes out of road race 

Canada’s Marie-Ève Croteau has exited the women’s T1-2 road race after a hard crash in the rain, where she spilled onto her side. Australian Carol Cooke went down as well — though she wasn’t tangled with the Canadian, the athlete seemed to hit the German rider between herself and Croteau — but returned to the race. 

The 41-year-old of Quebec City had a fourth place finish in Rio 2016. 

Fellow Canadian Shelley Gautier is still competing in the event, as the rain continues to pour. 

Over in the men’s C1-3 race, Ross Wilson of Canada also did not finish.

In the women’s C4-5 road race, Canada’s Keely Shaw placed 13th in foggy and wet conditions.

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