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Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games Roundup - August 11th

  • Synopsis: Published: 2015-08-12 - Roundup of Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games sports results for August the 11th 2015. For further information pertaining to this article contact: International Paralympic Committee (IPC) at

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Quote: "The fourth evening of swimming at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games on Tuesday (11 August) saw swimmers from seven different countries win gold."

The USA's Jarryd Wallace beat Brazil's Alan Oliveira and broke the world record in a sensational 100m T43/44 final at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games on Tuesday (11 August) evening.

In the lead-up to the race, the 25-year-old predicted a world record would be needed to retain the gold he won four years ago in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was right as he stormed to victory in 10.71 seconds to lower the previous best held by compatriot Richard Browne by 0.04 seconds.

Alan Oliveiera (10.98) took silver with his teammate Andre de Oliveira (12.33) the bronze.

"I was praying the wind was legal. I was excited and elated when I saw the time and my first thought when I saw it was `please be legal'," said Wallace who believes he can go even faster.

"I'm overwhelmed a little bit. I wish Richard [Browne] could have been here as the conditions were amazing. He would have pushed me and I would have pushed him and maybe it would have been even faster.

"Everything considered I was really happy with how I ran."

In the very next race, the men's 100m T52, the USA's completed a clean sweep of the medals, with five-time world champion Raymond Martin (17.01) leading the way. Silver and bronze went to Gianfanco Iannotta (17.39) and Paul Nitz (17.46).

The USA also dominated the podium in the men's 100m T42. Shaquille Vance (12.69) broke the Games records to take gold, whilst Regas Woods (13.26) and Desmond Jackson (13.29) took the other medals.

Hannah McFadden (1:00.15) secured the USA's final track gold of the day winning the 400m T54 ahead of teammate Cheri Madsen (1:01.51). Canada's Diane Roy took bronze (1:02.00).

The first of six golds of the day on the track went to Brazil's Yeltsin Ortega Jacques (15:47.78) in the men's 5,000m T12. The USA's Charles Davis (15:48.87) ran a personal best to take silver and Venezuela's Roger Rodriguez (15:51.93) claimed the bronze.

Edson Pinheiro (11.25) beat Canada's Kyle Whitehouse (11.41) to the tape in the men's 100m T38. Bronze went to Colombia's Weiner Javier Diaz Mosquera (11.66).

Soon after, three golds came in quick succession for the Rio 2016 hosts.

With a 4.3m/s tailwind, Gustavo Faria Araujo (10.67) beat Cuba's Americas record holder Luis Gutierrez (10.92) into silver and Mexico's Daniel Manriqued (11.09) into bronze in the men's 100m T13.

Mateus Evangelista Cardoso (11.64) won the men's 100m T37 ahead of teammate Lucas Ferrari (11.86). Third was Venezuela's Omas Monterola (12.01).

Three-time Paralympic champion Terezinha Guilhermina (12.02) topped an all Brazilian podium in the women's 100m T11. Silver and bronze went to Jhulia Santos (12.40) and Jerusa Geber Santos (12.51).

Brazil's final track gold of the day came in the men's 400m T11. Felipe De Souza Gomes (51.13) beat teammate Daniel Silva (51.65).

The men's equivalent race saw the USA's David Brown (10.95) win his first major title with a Games record. Brazil's world champion Lucas Prado (11.11) picked up the silver, whilst the bronze went to Colombia's Delfo Jose Arce Orozco (11.56).

"The race was good, we executed it like we wanted to. I believe we could have gone a little bit faster, but I am completely happy about the time," said Brown.

"This is actually my first ever big time gold medal. So this is ecstatic. I can't even begin to explain it."

Argentina's Yanina Martinez (30.63), a silver medalist four years ago, led from start to finish in the women's 200m T36 to break her own Americas record. Despite closing in on the winner in the final 50m, Brazil's Tascitha Oliveira Cruz (31.43) had to settle for silver. Bronze went to Colombia's Martha Liliana Hernandez Florian (32.70).

Michelle Stilwell (19.58) won Canada's first gold of the day in the women's 100m T52, finishing ahead of the US duo of Kerry Morgan (19.92) and Cassie Mitchell (25.63).

After shattering the women's 100m T12 world record in Monday's heats to become the world's fastest female para-athlete, Cuba's Omard Duarand went even faster on Tuesday in the final as she won gold. Unfortunately a tailwind of 3.7m/s means her time of 11.64 will not stand. Also making the podium was Brazil's Alice De Oliveira Correa (12.19) and Venezuela's Greilyz Villaroel (12.79).

Durand's teammate Leinier Savon (10.61) also bettered the world record on his way to gold in the men's 100m T12 but again the wind was not legal. The USA's Josiah Jamison (11.15) and Mexico's Manuel Martinez (11.18) completed the podium.

Mexico's Manuel Martinez (49.54) beat Cuba's Luis Galano (50.86) in the men's 400m T12.

It was a Venezuelan one-two in the men's 400m T20. Luis Arturo Paiva (49.03) beat his teammate Edixon Pirela (49.69) to the top step of the podium. Ecuador's Damian Carcelen (51.58) was third.

Field events

Two London 2012 Paralympic champions - Brazil's Shirlene Coelho (36.68m) and Mexico's Angeles Ortiz (9.96m) - retained their Parapan titles in the women's javelin F37/38 and shot put F56/57 respectively.

"I am very happy, it is my second competition of the year and I improved my standing a lot since, I am completely happy," said Coelho, who also broke the Americas record.

"I am competing at shot put and discus throw tomorrow, I started off great here today and I will finish it like so as well."

Colombia's Abrahan Ortega (13.78m) set a new Americas record in the men's shot put F46 on his way to gold, whilst USA's Dion Townsend-Roberts (7.18m) also broke the Americas record in the final round of the men's long jump T47 to take gold.

Brazil's Silvania Costa De Oliveira (4.96m) won the women's long jump T11/12, Colombia's Jose Alexis Belizario Angulo (36.04m) the men's javelin F11/12, Cuba's Leonardo Diaz (40.65m) the men's discus F54/55/56 and Ecuador's Ronny Mauricio Santos Iza (6.49m) the men's long jump in a Games record.

Less than two years after taking up para-sport, the USA's Rachael Morrison (11.19m) won her first major title with a Games record in the discus F51/52. Teammate Cassie Mitchell (11.19m) claimed silver and Canada's Becky Richter (6.26m) the bronze.


The 2011 Parapan hosts finished with nine medals to finish ahead of Brazil.

On Tuesday (11 August), the final day of powerlifting at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games, Mexico won their third gold in nine events to top the medals table in the sport.

Competing in the men's up to 97kg, José Castillo Castillo sealed gold for Mexico with an Americas record lift of 225kg. Colombia's Fabio Torres (192kg) claimed the silver ahead of Chile's Frank Feliu Ubillas (170kg), who collected bronze.

"I am so happy. After so much effort, I could fulfill one of my biggest dreams," said Castillo Castillo.

Brazil's Joseano Felipe lifted 200kg in the first round of the men's up to 107kg and over 107kg class and held on for gold despite no further successful lifts. Chile's Cristian Aguirre Mora claimed silver with a 157kg lift. Not one of the four other competitors managed a successful lift.

"It feels really good to have won the gold medal at the Parapan Am. I see myself at the top of the podium at Rio 2016, too, if I continue training hard," Felipe assured.

Oniger Jesus Drake Vega took Cuba's third powerlifting gold medal at Toronto 2015 in the men's up to 88kg with a Games record 195kg lift in the second round.

"To reach the highest step of the podium is every athlete's goal. I claimed silver at Guadalajara 2011 but could win the gold in Toronto. I am very happy and I expect to perform even better at the Rio Paralympics next year," Drake Vega said.

Venezuela's Cesar Campo (191kg) claimed silver, his country's only powerlifting medal at these Games. Brazil's Rodrigo Rosa De Carvalho (186kg) finished with a bronze thanks to a lower body weight, ahead of USA's Jacob Schrom.

Argentina's Lucas Gareca, junior champion at last year's World Championships in Dubai, failed to break the junior world record (146kg) he set at the Mexico 2015 IPC Powerlifting Open Americas Championships, and ended sixth (144kg).

Mexico finished on top of the powerlifting medal table at Toronto 2015, just like at Guadalajara 2011, with three gold, four silver and two bronze medals.


The fourth day of swimming saw Canada enjoy further success with three gold medals.

The fourth evening of swimming at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games on Tuesday (11 August) saw swimmers from seven different countries win gold.

Katarina Roxon (1:22.18) gave Canada the first gold of the day, winning in the women's 100m breaststroke SB8. The USA's Anna Johannes (1:29.30) took the silver, whilst Brazil's Gabriela Cantagallo (1:38.96) claimed the bronze.

"I could hear the crowd cheering the last 25m. I just wanted to get to the wall quicker and do it for Canada," Roxon said.

The host nation performed a clean sweep of the podium in the men's 400m freestyle S10. Benoit Huot (4:10.04) claimed the gold ahead of teammates Isaac Bouckley (4:18.75) and Alexander Elliot (4:27.61).

"I arrived this morning and did a 300m race which is 75 per cent of the course and so I was warmed up and in the zone," explained Huot.

Aurelie Rivard (4:33.40) won Canada's third gold medal of the evening in the women's 400m freestyle S10 with an Americas record time. Mexico's Rubi Cristino (4:41.54) and the USA's Serafina King (4:58.78) touched in for silver and bronze respectively.

Belkys Mota (30.60) won Venezuela's first swimming gold medal in the women's 50m freestyle S12, just a finger-tip ahead of Argentina's Anabel Moro (30.65), whilst Brazil's Raquel Viel (31.46) secured bronze.

"It has been a really difficult path these past two months. Winning here has been my goal from the beginning and I am happy that I reached it," said Mota.

The USA's Reilly Boyt is now a two-time Parapan American champion.

The 19-year-old (1:45.69) was dominant in the women's 100m breaststroke SB6. Teammate Sophia Elizabeth Herzog (1:48.00) led Mexican Naomi Somellera (1:53.21) onto the podium.

Boyt (3:23.00) then touched in ahead of Herzog (3:23.31) and Mexico's Vianney Trejo (3:24.28) in the women's 200m IM SM6.

"With Sophia, we just wanted to get US on the podium and just do our best. I think we achieved that," said Boyt.

Boyt's teammate Mallory Weggemann (3:02.14) won the title in the women's 200m individual medley SM8. Canada's Tess Routliffe (3:07.23) and Camille Berube (3:07.36) finished in second and third place, respectively.

The first Mexican one-two came in the women's 50m breaststroke SB3, where Patricia Valle (1:04.79) controlled the whole race, finishing ahead of Nelly Miranda (1:05.41) and Brazil's Rildene Fonseca (1:07.96).

The second one came in the men's 200m individual medley SM8. Armando Andrade (2:33.77) took the gold ahead of Angel Buitian (2:42.10) and Canada's Zach Zona (2:44.76).

Mexico's Gustavo Sanchez (55.37) took the title in the men's 50m breaststroke SB3 (SB1-3). Canada's Jonathan Dieleman (55.68) and Brazil's Ronystony Cordeiro (58.92) sealed silver and bronze respectively.

Colombia's Diego Cuesta (26.99) stepped onto the top of the podium in the men's 50m freestyle S12. Brazil's Filipe De Abreu (27.56) was second and Darvin Baez (27.71) third, winning Puerto Rico's first medal at Toronto 2015.

Facundo Lazo (1:18.85) won Argentina's seventh swimming gold medal in the men's 100m breaststroke SB8. Mexico's Armando Andrade (1:22.01) picked up the silver ahead of Brazil's Carlos Lopes Maciel (1:22.26).

Brazil's Matheus Rheine (27.32) claimed the gold in the men's 50m freestyle S11. His teammate Alex Palhares (28.91) and Colombia's Brayan Urbano (28.91) both recorded the same time and shared the silver medal.

Rheine's teammate Talisson Glock (2:40.93) stormed to victory in the men's 200m individual medley SM6 with an Americas record time. Colombia's Nelson Crispin (2:41.86) sealed silver, whilst Brazil's Roberto Alcalde (3:08.82) collected bronze.

Colombia collected its second gold medal of the evening in the men's 200m individual medley SM7, with Carlos Serrano (2:42.45) claiming his second gold medal at Toronto 2015. Canada's Jean-Michel Lavalliere (2:49.12) and USA's Lucas McCrory (2:57.77) completed the podium.

Swimming continues at Toronto 2015 on Wednesday.

Related Information:

  1. Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games Roundup - August 10th - International Paralympic Committee (IPC) - (2015-08-11)
  2. Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games Roundup - August 9th - International Paralympic Committee (IPC) - (2015-08-10)
  3. Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games Roundup August 8th - United States Olympic Committee - (2015-08-09)

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