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Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games Roundup August 8th

  • Synopsis: Published: 2015-08-09 - Roundup of Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games sports results for August the 8th. For further information pertaining to this article contact: United States Olympic Committee at

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Quote: "Swimmers from Mexico won seven golds on the first day of action at the Parapan American Games with Nely Herrera winning two golds and setting a new world record."

Team USA wins three cycling golds to open Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games - U.S. cyclists collect six medals in road race.

On a course overlooking Lake Ontario, Team USA kicked off cycling competition at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games with six medals, including a one-two finish from Will Groulx (Portland, Oregon) and Brian Sheridan (Clarkston, Michigan) in the H1-2 class.

Groulx, fresh off two 2015 UCI Para-cycling World Championships silver medals in Switzerland last week, finished two seconds ahead of teammate Sheridan to earn gold, the pair crossed the finish line more than eight minutes ahead of the third-place medalist. The race included a combination of men and women competitors and various classifications (MH1-2 and WH1-5).

"I had a great race. The conditions were perfect, not too hot," Groulx said. "And I was able to race with my teammate the entire time, which was awesome."

Groulx and Sheridan both attributed teamwork to their success in this stepping stone on the road to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

"I have a ton of gratitude for our support staff and my teammate, who carried me through this whole race," Sheridan said. "It was a great race for the Parapan American Games, but also as a trial run for Rio."

August 8th Medal Tally for Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games
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Ryan Boyle (Colorado Springs, Colorado) secured the first medal of the day with silver in the mixed T1-2 class with a time of 1:01:21, in which Jill Walsh (Syracuse, New York) was the first female finisher in fourth place.

Will Lachenauer (Reno, Nevada) faced a tough pair of Canadians in the men's H3-5 class, he finished 19 seconds behind the leader and squeaked past Charles Moreaux at the line to claim the silver medal.

"I had the pleasure of racing with our friends from the north [Canada], and each race is definitely made by your competition. The whole time we were trying to figure out who was going to be in it at the end, and both the Canadians were super strong on the hill," Lachenauer said. "Tough race, but a beautiful course. You couldn't beat the town of Toronto, best course I've ever raced on."

In the women's C1-5 race, the top-four finishers were separated by five seconds, with Samantha Heinrich (Spring Hill, Florida) sealing the win in 1:21:07, a split second ahead of Mariela Delgado of Argentina. Shawn Morelli (Leavenworth, Kansas) finished five seconds later in fourth place, followed by Jamie Whitmore (Mount Aukum, California) in sixth and Allison Jones (Colorado Springs, Colorado) in seventh.

Joe Berenyi (Aurora, Illinois) rounded out today's gold-medal push as the top finisher in the men's C1-3 class, with a dramatic sprint at the line to beat out two Colombian competitors by just one second. Aaron Keith (Woodinville, Washington) and Todd Key (Scottsdale, Arizona) finished in sixth and ninth place, respectively.

In the men's C4-5 race, Chris Murphy (Colorado Springs, Colorado) and Scott Martin (Oceanside, California) finished sixth and eighth among a pack of six competitors that all sprinted across the line at 2:06:29.

Team USA's road cyclists resume competition on Thursday, Aug. 13, with the time trial. Track cycling competition begins Monday, Aug. 10. For complete results and more information, visit

Cuba's Leydis Rodriguez, Brazil's Maria Rizonaide and Chile's Jorge Carinao all claimed gold on the first day of powerlifting at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games on Saturday (8 August).

Competing in the women's up to 41 and 45kg class, Rodriguez improved her own Americas record by 17kg to take the gold with a 77kg lift (90.49 points). The 31-year-old improved her regional record each round, starting with an opening lift of 67.0kg. She then lifted 72.0kg in the second, before extending her lead in the final round to 77.0kg. Mexico's Laura Cerero Gabriel (68.0kg/77.03 points) and Mayra Hernández Godinez (65.0kg/73.35 points) finished with a silver and a bronze medal respectively.

"I was very confident that I could win the gold medal for my country," Rodriguez said. "I am sure I will perform well at the Rio Paralympics," she added.

Despite a failed second round attempt of 73kg, Brazil's Maria Rizonaide managed to haul the weight in the third round to take Brazil's first gold of the Games. She set a new Parapan record on her way to topping the podium in the women's up to 50kg class.

"I feel very happy and proud. I want to thank to God, to my family and to my friends. My dream came true," she said.

Colombia's Nohemi Carabali (67.0kg) sealed silver, whilst Mexico's Rosaura Rodraguez Padilla (65.0kg) collected the bronze. Argentina's Karen Rodraguez (53.0kg) finished fourth after setting a new Junior Americas Record.

"I am very happy for the record, I did not expect it," the 20-year-old said afterwards.

Jorge Carinao (148.0kg/166.40 points) won Chile's first gold medal in the men's combined up to 49kg and 54kg class with an Americas record. Chile only won one gold medal four years ago in Guadalajara, Mexico, in table tennis. Cuba's Rubio Guerra (140.0kg/157.55 points) registered claimed silver ahead of Brazil's Luciano Bezerra Dantas (138.0kg/154.60 points).

"I have been training very hard for a long time because I knew I could win the gold medal. I am happy to see that so much effort bears fruit," said Cardenas.

Swimmers from Mexico won seven golds on the first day of action at the Parapan American Games with Nely Herrera winning two golds and setting a new world record.

Nely Miranda capped off a sensational opening day of swimming for Mexico at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games on Saturday (8 August), winning her second gold of the day with a superb world record.

Mexico won 14 medals, including seven golds from 16 events, with eight-time world champion Miranda leading the way with victory in both the 50m and 100m freestyle S4 events.

After breaking the Games record over the longer distance in the morning's heats, she smashed her own Americas record in the final to take her first gold. Her time of 1:31.35 was nearly three seconds quicker than her previous best. Brazil's Edenia Nogueira (1:56.09) took the silver and hosts Canada picked up their first swimming medal of the Games thanks to a bronze from Tammy Cunningham (2:00.77).

In the final race of the day, Miranda (39.90) was in blistering form breaking her own world record which she set at last month's World Championships by 0.18 seconds. Brazil's Nogueira (54.35) again took silver, whilst Mexico's bronze medalist Patricia Valle (56.96) set a new Parapan record in the S3 class.

Mexico's gold rush started in the morning session when Christopher Tronco (59.68) beat his teammate Luis Burgos (1:03.45) to the wall in the men's 50m freestyle S3. Bronze went to Colombia's Fredy Diaz.

Gustavo Sanchez (1:26.93) won gold in the first race of the afternoon session, the men's 100m freestyle S4, to continue Mexico's run. Brazil's Ronystony Cordeiro (1:38.20) took silver and Sanchez's teammate Jesus Hernandez (1:44.03) the bronze.

"I did very well. We just came from the World Championships so this is my last competition of this year. We finished very well at worlds and we hope to get more golds here and continue with our efforts to get as many golds as possible," said Sanchez, who completed the double with gold in the penultimate race of the day, the men's 50m freestyle S4.

The 21-year-old (40.64) eased home ahead of Brazil's Coderio (43.60) for the second time in the session. Bronze went to another Mexican Juan Reyes (44.23).

There was a Mexican clean sweep in a thrilling women's 400m freestyle S6. With nothing separating Valeria Lopez and Vianney Trejo with 50m to go, the crowd rose to their feet to cheer the two swimmers home. Lopez (6:01.19) took the win in a Games record with Trejo (6:01.35) second. Dorami Hernandez (6:04.89) made it an all-Mexican podium in third.

Beatriz Resendiz (2:21.62) won Mexico's fifth gold of the day in the women's 200m freestyle S14 after pulling away from Canada's silver medalist Kirstie Kasko (2:25.13) with 75m to go. Bronze medalist Leslie Cichocki (2:26.07) picked up the USA's first medal in the Parapan pool.

There was a surprise winner in the men's 400m freestyle S6 as Cuba's Lorenzo Perez (5:14.45) not only beat Brazilian favorite Talisson Glock (5:21.11) into silver, but also broke his Americas record. Colombia's Nelson Crispin (5:29.39) completed the podium.

The home crowd almost lifted the roof off the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Aquatics Center as Canadian swimmers challenged for medals in the men's 200m freestyle S14. Neck-and-neck with 50m to go, Brazil's Felipe Caltran (2:03.31) took gold, edging out the Canadian duo of Maxime Rousselle (2:04.91) and Gordie Michie (2:05.40) into silver and bronze.

"It was to win and get the gold medal for Brazil. I have been training a lot so I knew that I would be good on the last turn. I was hoping this result would happen and it did," said Caltran.

Luckily gold came for the home crowd in the very next race as Nicolas Turbide (2:19.89) led from start to finish in the men's 200m individual medley SM13 to win Canada's first swimming gold in a Games record time. Devin Gottell (2:26.62) made it a Canada one-two, finishing ahead of Brazil's Guilherme Batista (2:27.99).

"I was expecting a big race this afternoon and I got what I wanted," said Turbide. "My strategy was to work on my weak strokes, mostly breaststroke, and try to be as efficient as I can, and for me to do as usual as that normally goes well.

"The crowd helps a lot and I hope they will be here for the next few days."

Two years after winning three golds at the Parapan Am Youth Games, Argentina's Facundo Arregui (5:05.93) set a Games record to top of the podium in the men's 400m freestyle S7. Colombia's Carlos Serrano (5:12.13) and Brazil's Italo Gomes (5:18.29) were second and third respectively.

A second Argentine gold soon followed with Pipo Carlomango (1:10.34) setting a Games record on his way to the win in the men's 100m backstroke S8. Brazil's Caio Amorim Muniz (1:12.43) took the silver and the USA's Tom Miazga (1:13.49) the bronze.

The USA appear to have unearthed a new star in the form of Ahalya Lettenberger (1:24.41). The 14-year-old broke a Games record during the morning's heats and in the final of the women's 100m backstroke S8 won gold. Canada's Camile Berube (1:26.96) and the USA's Mallory Weggemann (1:24.74) joined her on the podium.

Brazil's Daniel Dias (1:12.98) opened up his account to win eight Parapan titles with a win in the men's 100m freestyle S5. He won comfortably ahead of teammate Clodoaldo Da Silva (1:18.57), whilst Mexico added another medal through Diego Lopez (1:25.25).

Brazil's Joanna da Silva (1:25.81) was just outside the Americas record, but secured a Games record, as she stormed to gold in the women's 100m freestyle S5. Her 16-year-old teammate Esthefany de Oliveira (1:38.80) claimed silver whilst bronze went to the USA's Haley Bernanbaum (1:48.60).

In the morning session, there were two medal events, which included Colombia's Brayan Urbano (2:39.98) winning the first gold medal of the entire Games with victory in the men's 200m individual medley.

The 21-year-old beat Cuba's Yunerki Ortega (2:41.82), who had led for most of the race, into silver and his teammate Leider Lemus (2:50.65) into bronze.

During the day there were xx Parapan Games records.

Swimming will continue on Sunday with hosts Canada hoping it will be "Super Sunday" courtesy of seven swimmers who are strong favorites to take gold.

Team USA Swimmers take home five medals on day one of the 2015 Parapan American Games TORONTO, Team USA made its mark on the first day of competition at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, winning one gold, one silver and three bronze medals to open the eight-day long competition.

Leslie Cichocki (Palos Hills, Illinois) was the first to take home a medal for the U.S., winning bronze in the women's 200-meter freestyle S14 clocking a time of 2:26.07. Cichocki was just shy of beating out Canadian silver medalist Kirstie Kaso who came in at 2:25.13.

Team USA gained momentum heading into the second half of the day's evening session with 14-year-old Ahayla Lettenberger (Glen Ellyn, Illinois) taking home the sole swimming gold medal of the day in the women's 100 backstroke S8 finishing the race in 1:24.41. Teammate Mallory Weggemann (Eagan, Minnesota) took the podium alongside her clocking in at 1:27.74 for the bronze.

"I really pulled at the water and I worked on my finish," Lettenberger said. "And that got me gold."

Paralympian Tom Miazga (Cedarburg, Wisconsin) landed on the podium with a silver medal in the men's 100 backstroke after finishing in 1:13.49. In her second Parapan American appearance, Haley Bernanbaum (Snohomish, Colorado) took third place after tapping the wall at 1:48.60 in the women's 100 freestyle S5 in her first swim of the competition.

"I went and gave it my all," said Miazga. "I swam as hard as I could. I was so excited and obviously there was some first swim jitters. I went in and stuck to my plan the entire way. The time was a little rough. Hoping for a little better swim but I got on the podium and that's what I'm here to do."

Other notable performances of the day came from flag bearer Curtis Lovejoy (Atlanta, Georgia), Sophia Herzog (Fairplay, Colorado), Reilly Boyt (Fort Collins, Colorado) and Zachary Shattuck (Mt. Airy, Maryland). Herzog barely missed the podium with a fourth place finish in the women's 400 freestyle S6 with Boyt placing fifth in the same race after coming in at 6:27.83. Shattuck also took a fifth place finish in the men's 400 freestyle S6. For five-time Paralympian Curtis Lovejoy, setting a new Parapan American record in the men's 100 freestyle S1-4 was another highlight in his list of career accomplishments.

"You gotta keep plugging it," said Lovejoy. "It's all about training, training, training. Swimming is about rhythm. Once you've tapped into the feeling of what it feels like and the effort becomes effortless, you start succeeding."

Day two of the 2015 Parapan American Games, a competition that showcases more than 1,600 athletes from 28 different countries, resumes tomorrow.

The second day of swimming events will again be held at the CIBC Aquatics Center with live streaming available on the IPC website beginning at 9 a.m. EST.

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Related Information:

  1. 2015 Toronto Parapan American Games News - Ian Langtree - (2014-08-07)
  2. Live Coverage of Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games - International Paralympic Committee (IPC) - (2015-08-04)
  3. Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games Opening Ceremony - United States Olympic Committee - (2015-08-08)

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