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Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games Roundup - August 9th

  • Synopsis: Published: 2015-08-10 - Roundup of Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games sports results for August the 9th 2015. For further information pertaining to this article contact: International Paralympic Committee (IPC) at

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Quote: "Team USA continued its podium quest winning four medals, including three silver and one bronze, on the second day of competition at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada."

It certainly was "Super Sunday" for Canada on Sunday (9 August), the second night of swimming at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games with the hosts winning 15 out of 30 medals, including five golds.

In the first race of the evening, Morgan Bird gave Canada a flying start winning a thrilling 400m freestyle S8 which set the tone for the session. Trailing at the 200m mark to the USA's Mallory Weggemann, Bird (5:19.33) upped the pace in the second half of the race to win in a new Games record time. Weggemann (5:24.84) took the silver whilst another Canadian Sabrina Duchesne (5:26.87) claimed the bronze.

Just over an hour later, Bird (32.00) won her second gold of the night in a sensational women's 50m freestyle S8 which saw just 0.05 seconds separate the medalists. Weggemann (32.04) took silver again, fractionally ahead of Brazil's Cecilia Jeronimo (32.05).

"I am so happy with both my results today," said a delighted Bird. I didn't expect it at all. It feels surreal.

"The crowd helped me a lot today. Their energy was overwhelming and their support certainly got me to the wall first."

The evening's second race saw Canada perform a clean sweep of the podium in the men's 100m breaststroke SB9. James Leroux (1:11.51) broke the Games record to finish ahead of teammates Isaac Bouckley (1:12.57) and Alexander Elliot (1:14.09).

Swimmers from the host nation did the same again soon after in the men's 100m backstroke S13. Nicolas Turbide (1:01.64) set a new Americas record to top the podium for the second consecutive day. His teammates Devin Gotell (1:06.71) and Tyler Mrak (1:11.18) completed the medal positions.

August 9th Medal Tally for Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games
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"I'm pretty happy that my teammates made it on the podium as well. We will celebrate tonight," said Turbide. "The past two days were my biggest events, 200 IM and 100m backstroke, so now we have fun and try to do our best in events we normally don't swim as much and try to make the podium as well."

Zack McAllister (27.69) lowered the Americas record by 0.06 seconds as he won gold in the men's 50m freestyle S8. Mexico's former record holder Armando Andrade (27.81) took silver, just ahead of Canada's Christopher Sergeant (28.88).

"I feel like I still made a couple of mistakes. Like, my touch wasn't very good, I slowed down by the wall. My start was very good and my first 35 meters were very good," said McAllister.

Argentina's Daniela Gimenez (1:21.36) was the first non-Canadian winner of the evening with victory in the women's 100m breaststroke SB9 in a Games record. She had to hold off the challenge of two Canadians however with Aurelie Rivard (1:21.90) and Sarah Girard (1:24.15) taking silver and bronze. Roberto Alcalde (1:35.47) won Brazil's first of four golds of the night in the men's 100m breaststroke in a Games record time. Silver and bronze went to the Mexican duo of Pedro Rangel (1:37.02) and Humberto Romero (1:42.58).

Raquel Viel (1:16.33) won Brazil's second gold after she fought off two Argentinians to take the Parapan title in the 100m backstroke S13. Ana Pellitero (1:20.66) and Anabel Moro (1:21.86) took the other medals.

Camille Rodrigues (5:04.33) completed a quick fire hat-trick of wins for the Rio 2016 hosts, topping the podium in the women's 400m freestyle S9. Canada's Katarina Roxon (5:06.72) claimed silver and bronze went to the USA's Anna Johannes (5:09.46).

In the final race of the night, Brazil (2:31.55) led home by Daniel Dias won the mixed 4x50m freestyle relay 20pts. The USA (3:10.87) took silver whilst Canada (3:19.36) took bronze, their 15th and final medal of a historic evening for the hosts.

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The winning streak continues for Team USA swimmers on day two of the Parapan American Games

Team USA continued its podium quest winning four medals, including three silver and one bronze, on the second day of competition at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto, Canada.

Haley Bernanbaum (Snohomish, Washington) secured the first medal of the day, her second overall, to kick off the morning session after finishing second in the women's 100-meter breaststroke S5 with a time of 2:10.80.

"Today was a really good day," said Bernanbaum. "I got to race against some really great swimmers and they pushed me as hard as I could go. I dropped two seconds off my time [off my personal best], got silver and hopefully I'll get gold tomorrow."

Paralympian Mallory Weggemann (Eagan, Minnesota) continued to shine in the pool winning two medals, giving her three total podium finishes in her first two days of racing. She swam strong in the women's 400 freestyle S8 clocking in a time of 5:24.84 to take home second place. In what was sure to be the wildest race of the day, she edged out Brazil's Cecilia Jeronimo by one-hundredth of a second to take silver in the women's 50 freestyle S8 clocking in at 32.04-seconds, only four-hundredths of a second behind Canada's Morgan Bird who took first place with a time of :32.00.

"Being here at the Parapan Am Games is absolutely amazing," Weggemann gushed after her second medal in less than two hours. "It's been quite the journey for me in the past year in a half. I had a severe arm injury about a year and a half ago and we're still battling that so this is a good stepping stone going into Rio. Coming off of yesterday's 100 backstroke and coming home with bronze in that and our 14-year-old Ahalya winning gold, I was just jazzed coming into today. The 400 was a great time for me, I was able to snake silver and then tonight the 50 free, what a race. The top three were within five one-hundredths of a second, it was crazy."

With a time of 5:09.46, Anna Johannes (Colorado Springs, Colorado) shined in her first race at the Parapan American Games winning bronze in the women's 400 freestyle S9.

"I'm just so happy," Johannes said. "It feels so amazing to medal and go ahead and get the hard one out of the way."

Gold medalist Ahalya Lettenberger (Glen Ellen, Illinois), who won gold in yesterday's 100m backstroke, just missed the podium on Sunday with a fourth place finish in the women's 400 freestyle S8 with a time of 5:29.00. Other notable performances of the day included a fourth place finish for Natalie Sims (Edina, Minnesota) in the women's 400 freestyle S9, a fifth place finish for McClain Hermes (Dacula, Georgia) in the women's 100 backstroke and a seventh place finish for Tom Miazga (Cedarburg, Wisconsin) in the men's 50 freestyle S8.

To cap off the night, Team USA won silver in the mixed 4x50m relay 20 pt. Five-time Paralympian Curtis Lovejoy (Atlanta, Georgia) began the competition with a strong start kicking off superb performances by Sophia Herzog (Fairplay, Colorado) and Zachary Shattuck (Mt. Airy, Maryland). Reilly Boyt (Fort Collins, Colorado) was able to hold off her close competitors to bring home a podium finish for Team USA.

Day three of swimming competitions for the 2015 Parapan American Games will resume tomorrow, August 10, at the CIBC Aquatics Center beginning at 9 a.m. EST. Live streaming will be available throughout the week on the IPC website. Fans can also visit and follow @USParalympics on Twitter for up-to-the minute results, schedules and much more.---------------------

Three Parapan American records were also set on day two of Toronto 2015.

Chile's Juan Garrido Acevedo, Cuba's Danilo Rodriguez Garcia and Colombia's Jainer Cantillo all set new Games records on their way to gold on Sunday (9 August), the second day of powerlifting at the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games.

Garrido took gold in the men's up to 59kg class with a 175kg lift. The 35-year-old had already taken the lead with a first 170kg haul. Brazil's Bruno Pinheiro Carra (162kg) sealed silver, whilst Cuba's Yoander Arias (137kg) collected bronze. Chile has now doubled its gold medal tally from the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games.

Despite Garrido's delight at winning gold he was disappointed not to have broken his own Americas record of 177kg which he set at the Santiago 2014 Para-South American Games.

"I was so looking forward to breaking the Americas record. But I should not be complaining. Four years ago, I claimed bronze at the Guadalajara 2011 Parapan American Games. Having won the gold medal at Toronto 2015 is an award for the hard work," Garrido said.

After two failed attempts in the opening rounds, Rodriguez Garcia dramatically took gold in the men's up to 65kg class. He waited until the third round before his Parapan record 166kg lift secured gold. Colombia's Andres Salazar Herrera (152kg) finished with a silver thanks to a lower body weight, ahead of Brazil's Alexsander Whitaker (152kg).

"I get motivated when I am in a compromising situation. I was confident I could win this gold medal and I am very happy," Rodriguez Garcia assured.

Jainer Cantillo grabbed Colombia's first powerlifting gold medal at Toronto 2015 with a 190kg lift in the men's up to 72kg, repeating his gold from Guadalajara 2011. However, he failed to break the Americas record (201kg) that he set at the Mexico 2015 IPC Powerlifting Open Americas Championships.

Colombia's Javier Montenegro (157kg) sealed silver, whilst Nicaragua's Fernando Acevedo (142kg) finished with a bronze.

"I am happy and grateful. I would not have achieved this without my NPC, my family and my friends support," said Cantillo.

Powerlifting continues at Toronto 2015 on Monday.

Related Information:

  1. Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games Roundup August 8th - United States Olympic Committee - (2015-08-09)
  2. 2015 Toronto Parapan American Games News - Ian Langtree - (2014-08-07)
  3. Live Coverage of Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games - International Paralympic Committee (IPC) - (2015-08-04)

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