Swimming and athletics led the way for Canada on the second day of competition at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara on Tuesday (Nov. 15), combining for 13 medals: one gold, four silver – including St. Catharines native Kyle Whitehouse’s silver in track – and eight bronze. The team now has earned 22 medals in total.
Canadian swimmers continued the momentum they started yesterday, picking up nine medals, while the track and field team had a stellar first day of competition winning four medals.
“It was awesome, so awesome,” said David Greig, National Talent Development Coach for Athletics Canada. “The athletes rose to the occasion and along with the medals, we also had a number of Canadian records and personal bests. It’s such a young team and I’m very impressed.”
For the second consecutive day, all four of Canada’s team sports in action went undefeated – both men’s and women’s wheelchair basketball and goalball.
The Canadian Athletics (track and field) Team opened competition with four medals and two new Canadian records. Isaiah Christophe of Brampton, ON., Jackie Marciano of Halifax, Kevin Strybosch of London and Whitehouse, all won medals while Braedon Dolfo of Langley, BC, and Alister McQueen of Calgary, AB, raced to new Canadian records.
Kevin Strybosch won silver, the team’s first medal of the day, in the men’s F37 javelin. Strybosch’s toss of 39.40 metres broke the Parapan American Games record; however his performance was later surpassed by Argentina’s Leandro Ricci who took the gold with a throw of 39.46 metres.
On the track, Whitehouse and Isaiah Christophe took silver and bronze respectively in the men’s T38 and T54 classification 100-metre finals. Whitehouse stopped the clock in 12.11 seconds behind Brazil’s Edson Pinheiro. Christophe’s time of 16.04 secured bronze.
Also on the track, Jackie Marciano won bronze in the men’s amputee 400-metres final in a time of 57.13. Marciano was able to lean by Rob Brown of the United States to secure a podium finish.