Turbide, Roxon among 4 Canadians to reach swimming finals at Paralympics

Turbide, Roxon among 4 Canadians to reach swimming finals at Paralympics

Canada’s Nicolas-Guy Turbide strolled into the men’s S13 100m backstroke final, becoming one of four Canadians set to race for swimming medals at the Tokyo Paralympics on Thursday in Japan.

The Quebec City native won his heat in one minute 1.08 seconds and will race for gold at 6:05 a.m. ET.

Other Canadians set to participate in medal races include Katarina Roxon in the women’s SB8 100m breaststroke, James Leroux in the men’s SB9 100m breaststroke, and Matthew Cabraja in the men’s S11 400m freestyle.

Turbide, 24, is competing at his second Paralympics after winning bronze in the event during his 2016 debut. He took silver at the 2019 world champions in the same discipline.

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Two swimmers in the second heat beat Turbide’s time, with Belarus’ Ihar Boki being the only man to break one minute at 57.67 seconds.

Turbide was born with impaired vision, once comparing his eyes to “a camera that does not have a zoom.” He says he used to be afraid of water, and only took up swimming as a safety measure if his top sport, golf, did not work out.

Eventually, Turbide says his love of competition outstripped his fear of water. He’ll also race in the S13 50m freestyle in Tokyo.

Meanwhile, Roxon advanced to the breaststroke final, placing second in her heat with a time of 1:26.62 but just fifth overall.

The Corner Brook, Nfld., native won gold in the event in 2016 — her only medal over three previous Paralympic Games. She’ll attempt to repeat the feat at 6:40 a.m. ET.

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Roxon, 28, was born with a condition that resulted in her left arm being amputated below the elbow.

Cabraja, a 19-year-old competing in his first Paralympics, swam the sixth-best qualifying time in the men’s S11 400m freestyle. The Brampton, Ont., native will look to improve on his time of 4:56.42 race in the medal race on Thursday at 5 a.m. ET.

James Leroux, a 23-year-old Quebec native, will race in the SB9 100m breaststroke final on Thursday at 5:38 a.m. ET. All competitors in the event received automatic entry to the medal race.

Leroux placed seventh in Rio, but followed it up with silver at 2019 worlds.

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Chernove into medal race

Three-time Paralympic medallist Tristen Chernove has guaranteed himself a fourth podium appearance.

The Canadian cyclist advanced to the gold-medal race in the men’s C1 3,000-metre individual pursuit at the Izu Velodrome in Tokyo.

He’ll race against Russian Mikhail Astashov, who set the world record in qualifying at 3:35.954, on Thursday at 2:03 a.m. ET.

Chernove, 46, posted a time of 3:40.591 in qualifying. He won silver in the event in 2016, when he also took bronze in the C1-3 1,000m time trial as well as gold in the road cycling C2 time trial. However, Chernove did not qualify for any road cycling events in Tokyo.

The Powell River, B.C., native suffers from impaired muscle power, which mainly affects his lower legs.

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Now he’ll look to add to his hardware in Tokyo.

Wheelchair fencing action continues

Canadian wheelchair fencer Pierre Mainville started off his performance in the men’s épée individual event with a 5-4 win over France’s Yohan Peter, but was defeated in his other five bouts. 

Meanwhile, Ryan Rousell lost his six bouts of the men’s épée individual event. The 24-year-old had made his debut at the Games the day prior in Tokyo. 

Canadian wheelchair basketball 

Canada’s men’s wheelchair basketball team lost to Spain in its opening game on Thursday. 

Despite the return of star Patrick Anderson, the Canadians weren’t able to keep pace with the Spaniards, who defeated them 78-41. 

Rebounding was key for Canada’s opponent — the Rio 2016 silver medallists scored a total of 49 rebounds throughout the course of the game. 

Nikola Goncin of Canada plays in the team’s opener against Spain in the men’s wheelchair basketball tournament. (Bernadett Szabo/Reuters)

Nikola Goncin, 29, led Canada with 15 points and had eight rebounds. Anderson, returning to competition at age 42, played about 22 minutes and had an eight-point game. 

The men next play Turkey on Friday.

Canadian wheelchair rugby 2nd loss

Despite a strong showing from the Canadian wheelchair rugby team, players were unable to prevent the United States from gaining its second win of the group pool play. 

The Americans beat Canada 58-54 in an even match at the Yoyogi National Stadium, with fouls hurting the Canadians throughout the game. 

It wasn’t until the third quarter that the United States managed to get a lead of three tries. It’s the second loss for Canada, after dropping a close match on Wednesday to Great Britain. 

Joshua Wheeler of the United States in action against Zak Madell and Eric Rodrigues of Canada in wheelchair rugby at the Yoyogi National Stadium in Tokyo. (Lisi Niesner/Reuters)

Zak Madell, 27, delivered again for the Canadians, making 31 tries. 

Published at Mon, 23 Aug 2021 16:21:49 +0000