""I feel great, I improved my result. It is my first tournament here in Toronto. I would like to thank my family, my boyfriend, my mother and my father," said Scaroni."
The third day of athletics at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games on Wednesday (12 August) saw athletes from Canada and Brazil win 13 out of 19 gold medals. Cuba also had a day to remember winning four gold medals on the track.
Canada's first gold of the day on the track came through Mitchell Chase (4:34.68) in the men's 1500m T38 with an Americas record time, whilst the USA's Austin Handley (4:36.57) and Colombia's Juan Carlos Medina Valencia (4:38.13) completed the top three.
"It was my first international competition. Just the overall experience on home soil it was excellent and winning I guess. I guess my name is out there now," said Chase.
The second one was won by Guillaume Ouellet (4:07.27), who was dominant in the men's 1500m T13, finishing ahead of Francisco Estrada (4:09.47) and David Garza (4:14.81) who are both from Mexico.
"Honestly, I'm not the speedy guy so I did not expect a good 200m finish lap. But with the wind, it was so hard and the Mexican (Francisco Estrada) made some strong moves but I knew that if I could hang until the 200, I could win," said Ouellet.
Alex Dupont (49.77) claimed Canada's third gold medal in the men's 400m T54, whilst the USA's Erik Hightower (50.50) and Colombia's Sairo Moises Fernandez Lopez (50.52) finished second and third, respectively.
Lis Scaroni (31.33) won Argentina's third athletics gold medal in the women's 200m T37. Venezuela's Berliana Castellanos (31.88) picked up the silver ahead of Canada's Leah Ainslie Robinson (31.94).
"I feel great, I improved my result. It is my first tournament here in Toronto. I would like to thank my family, my boyfriend, my mother and my father," said Scaroni.
Cuba's first gold came through Ernesto Blanco who stopped the clock at 49.07 to win the men's 400m T47, finishing ahead of Jamaica's Shane Hudson (49.97) and Blanco's teammate Ettiam Calderon (50.21).
Omara Durand (56.96), the world's fastest female para-athlete, was the quickest in the women's 400m T12. Mexico's Daniela Velasco (1:00.91) and Colombia's Marcela Gonzalez Arias (1:02.03) claimed the silver and the bronze.
Paralympic and world champion Yunidis Castillo (12.49) sealed Cuba's third gold of the day in the women's 100m T47. Brazil's Teresinha De Jesus Correia Dos Santos (12.92) led her teammate Sheila Finder (12.99) onto the podium.
Cuba's Leinier Savon (22.60) was the fastest in the men's 200m T12, lowering the Americas record by 0.37 seconds. Brazil's Diogo Jeronimo Da Silva (22.55) and Mexico's Manuel Martinez (22.87) completed the podium.
Brazil's Paulo Pereira (55.46) eased to gold in the men's 400m T37, ahead of Venezuela's Omar Monterola (56.07) and Argentina's Mariano Dominguez (56.78).
The men's 800m T53, which had been won by Canada's Brent Lakatos, will be re-run on August 13 at 15:10 after a crash saw Canada's Jean-Philippe Maranda disqualified.
Brazil's Alessandro Da Silva (12.54m/942 points) set a new Americas record in the men's shot put F11/12. Colombia's Edwin Rodriguez Gonzalez (12.26m/916 points) sealed silver ahead of Venezuela's Anibal Bello (10.68m/728 points).
Canada's Jason Roberts (10.33m/690 points) claimed the gold in the men's shot put F32/33/34, ahead of Colombia's Mauricio Valencia (10.19m/669 points) and Roberts' teammate Kyle Pettey (8.93m/459 points). "Honestly, as of right now, it hasn't sunk in yet. I'm grateful for this opportunity to represent my country and to set new records. Thank you for everyone who supported me," said Roberts.
Pamela Lejean (4.22m/844 points) won Canada's second gold medal in the field, in the women's shot put F53/54/55. Brazil's Elizabeth Rodrigues Gomes (6.16m/774 points) was second and Colombia's Erica Castaño Salazar (6.65m/738 points) third.
A Parapan American record was broken on his way to gold by the USA's Lex Gillette (6.73m/1042 points) in the men's long jump T11/12. Cuba's Leinier Savon (6.62m/833 points) and Yohannis Lastre (6.60m/826 points) took the remaining positions.
"It's great. It's another stepping stone to the world championships in October and the Paralympics next year," said Gillette.
Brazil's Joao Dos Santos (47.25m) won the title in the men's discus throw F46 and set a new Americas record. Cuba's Lazaro Zamora (37.72m) took the silver and bronze went to Canada's Kenneth Trudgeon (37.12m). "This is the reward of a job well done," Dos Santos said.
In the women's discus throw F11/12, Dos Santos' teammate Izabela Silva Campos (30.87m/1060 points) won the title. Colombia's Yesenia Restrepo Muñoz (29.43m/1027 points) and Canada's Ness Murby (27.02m/955 points) completed the podium.
"It was good, but I could have done better in perfecting the throws," Silva Campos assured.
The 2016 Paralympic Games hosts also stepped onto the top of the podium in the women's long jump T20/37/38. Adriele De Moraes (4.95m/752 points) claimed the gold, whilst teammate Veronica Silva Hipolito (4.15m/695 points) and Venezuela's Norkelys Gonzalez (4.75m/643 points) sealed silver and bronze, respectively.
There was a Canadian one-two in the women's shot put F20/37/38, where Jennifer Brown (10.42m/948 points) claimed the gold with an Americas record throw, ahead of teammate Renee Foessel (10.14m/918 points) and Brazil's Shirlene Santos De Souza Coelho (10.07m/786 points).
It was Foessel (30.75m/965 points) who won in the women's discus throw F37/38/44 ahead of Brown (28.06m/872 points) and Santos de Souza Coelho (29.69m/841 points).
Jonas Licurgo Ferreira (28.99m/931 points) won Brazil's last gold medal of the day in the men's javelin throw F53/54/55 with a Parapan American record throw, ahead of Mexico's London 2012 Paralympic champion Luis Alberto Felix Zepeda (26.79m/929 points) and Jamaica's Alphanso Cunningham (19.49m/837 points).
Athletics continues at Toronto 2015 on Thursday.------
Cuba's Lorenzo Perez set the second swimming world record of the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games on Wednesday (12 August) evening, with a stunning swim in the men's 100m freestyle S6.
The 29-year-old, who earlier this week won the 400m freestyle, clocked 1:04.60 to lower the previous record set in October 2009 by 0.85 seconds. Colombia's Nelson Crispin (1:06.17) took silver with Brazil's Talisson Glock (1:10.84) the bronze.
On an evening that featured 15 medal events, Brazil won five of them.
Eden Garcia (53.73) started the gold run beating the Mexican pair of Nely Miranda (54.25) and Haidee Aceves (1:07.87) in the women's 50m backstroke S4.
Multi-world and Paralympic champion Daniel Dias (32.41) remains unbeaten in Toronto and claimed his fourth gold of the Games with a new Parapan record in the men's 50m freestyle S5. Teammate Clodaldo Da Silva (34.94) and Mexico's Edger Pineda (38.52) completed the podium.
In the very next race Joana Da Silva (38.90) also set a Games record to claim her fourth gold in the women's equivalent, finishing well ahead of teammate Esthefany De Oliveira (45.72). Bronze went to the USA's Haley Bernanbaum (50.05).
Ruiter Silva (2:26.42) topped the podium in the men's 200m individual medley SM9 with teammate Lias Mozela (2:29.18) joining him on the second step. Argentina's Marco Pulleiro (2:32.36) was third.
Andre Brasil (2:12.22) won his second gold of the Games touching the wall first in the men's 200m individual medley SM10. The Canadian duo of Benoit Huot (2:14.32) and Alexander Elliot (2:17.45) took silver and bronze respectively.
Hosts Canada won four gold medals on Wednesday evening. The highlight was a sweep of the podium in the men's 400m freestyle S13, the third occasion the host nation has taken all the medals in one race at the Games. After two silver medals, Devin Gotell (4:27.46) finally won gold with a Games record. Silver went to Nicolas Turbide (4:28.68) whilst Mrak Tyler (4:43.09) took the bronze.
Tess Routliffe (1:39.55) shattered the Games record in the women's 100m breaststroke SB7. Silver and bronze went to Brazil's Veronica Almeida (1:40.79) and Canada's Camille Berube (1:46.97).
Two-time world champion Aurelie Rivard (2:30.89) claimed her third Papran gold with victory in the women's 200m individual medley SM10. Teammate Katarina Roxon (2:39.45) took silver with a Games record for the SM9 class. Daniela Gimenez (2:39.63) picked up the bronze for Argentina.
Canada's final gold of the night, their 18th in swimming, was won by Justine Morrier (1:26.46) in the last race of the night, the women's 100m breaststroke SB14. She shared the podium with teammate Kirstie Kasko (1:29.54) who won bronze and Colombia's silver medalist Viviana Moraes (1:28.13).
Mexico added two golds to their medal collection thanks to Juan Reyes, who won the men's 50m backstroke S4, and Doramitzi Hernandez who led home a clean sweep of the podium in the women's 100m freestyle S6.
A Games record saw Reyes (44.76) home ahead of teammate Gustavo Sanchez (47.14). Bronze went to Brazil's Ronystony Cordeiro (47.85).
Hernandez (1:21.47) set a Games record to add to the 50m freestyle crown she won on Monday. Vaelria Lopez (1:23.80) and Vianney Trejo (1:23.88) picked up silver and bronze.
It was a busy night for Colombia's 16-year-old sensation Carlos Serrano as he won his third and fourth gold medals of Toronto 2015. His first (1:05.14) came in the men's 100m freestyle S7 where he finished ahead of Canada's Jean-Michel Lavalliere (1:09.16) and Brazil's Italo Gomes (1:10.33).
Ninety minutes later, he was top of the podium again after victory in the men's 100m breaststroke SB7. Again he set a Games record with a time of 1:17.66, to finish well clear of Argentina's Pipo Carlomango (1:34.10) in second and the USA's Lucas McCrory (1:36.10) in third.
Elian Araya (1:10.91) claimed Argentina's only gold of the evening in the men's 100m breaststroke SB14, in an event where the other medalists were Brazil's Felipe Caltran (1:14.33) and Canada's Gordie Michie (1:14.36).
Swimming continues on Thursday morning.
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