Canadian judoka Priscilla Gagné came within one victory from earning Canada’s first medal at the Paralympic Games on Thursday.
Gagné dropped the bronze medal match in women’s 52 kilos for fifth overall. After going 1-1 in morning qualifying, the 30-year-old from Sarnia, Ont., lost to Sevinch Salaeva of Uzbekistan in one of two bronze medal matches.
Canada produced a great start to the first day of competition at the Games as Janet McLachlan scored 21 points to lead Canada to a 43-36 victory over Britain in women’s wheelchair basketball.
It was a rougher start for the Canadian men in wheelchair basketball as the defending champions lost 80-46 to Spain.
Canada had three finalists in swimming finals with Gord Michie of St.Thomas, Ont., placing fifth in the men’s S14 100-m backstroke, Abi Tripp of Kingston, Ont., sixth in the women’s S8 400-m freestyle and James Leroux of Repentigny, Que., seventh in the men’s SB9 100-m breaststroke.
In athletics, Ilana Dupont of Saskatoon took eighth spot in the women’s 100-m T53 wheelchair race. Kevin Strybosch of London, Ont., was ninth in F37 men’s discus final.
In track cycling there was plenty of action at the Rio Velodrome. Canadians were entered in three events but none could crack the top-four in their individual pursuit races to reach the medal round in the morning prelims. Marie-Claude Molnar of Lemoyne, Que., came the closest, placing fifth in qualifying.
Finally in table tennis, Stephanie Chan of Vancouver, B.C. lost her opening match to Rui Wang of China 3-2 (9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9).
RIO DE JANEIRO – What Canada Did on Thursday at the 2016 Paralympic Games (distances in metres):
Women’s T53 100_ Ilana Dupont, Saskatoon, placed eighth in the final.
Men’s F37 discus_Kevin Strybosch, London, Ont., placed ninth in the final.
Women’s C4 3000 individual pursuit_ Marie-Claude Molnar, Lemoyne, Que., finishes fifth.
Women’s C5 3000 individual pursuit_ Nicole Clermont, Laval, Que., finishes ninth
Men’s B 4000 individual pursuit_ Daniel Chalifour, Ste-Thérèse, Que., and his pilot Jean-Michel Lachance, Quebec City, finish ninth.
Women’s 52 kilos: Priscilla Gagné, Sarnia, Ont., placed fifth. She lost to Cherine Abdellaoui, Algeria in first round; defeated Liudmyla Lohatska, Ukraine in repechage; lost to Sevinch Salaeva, Uzbekistan in one of two bronze medal matches.
Women’s S8 400 freestyle_ Abi Tripp, Kingston, Ont., placed sixth in final. Sabrina Duchesne of Quebec City and Morgan Bird of Calgary finish ninth and 10th.
Men’s SB9 100 breaststroke_ James Leroux, Repentigny, Que., was seventh in final. Isaac Bouckley, Port Hope, Ont., and Alec Elliot, Kitchener, Ont., finish ninth and 10th.
Men’s S14 100 backstroke_ Gord Michie, St. Thomas, Ont., placed fifth in the final.
Men’s S5 200 freestyle_Danial Murphy, Bedford, N.S., finishes 13th.
Women’s S7 100 backstroke_ Tess Routliffe, Caledon, Ont., and Sarah Mehain, Vernon, B.C., finish10th and 11th.
Women’s class 7 singles_ Stephanie Chan, Richmond, B.C., lost her opening match to Rui Wang of China 3-2 (9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-9).
Women’s preliminaries: Canada defeated Britain 43-36 in its opening game.
Men’s preliminaries: Spain defeated Canada 80-46 in its opening game.
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