Canada's men's basketball team heads to Tokyo


"We are really happy to go to Tokyo and win such an important match," said Quebecker David Eng after the game.

Although the goal of the Paralympic Games has been achieved, the work is far from over for Canadians. Saturday, in the final, they will face the Americans, victorious of the Argentineans 67-36 in the other semifinal.

The representatives of the Maple Leaf have not won gold at the Parapan Am Games since 2003.

"It will allow us to evaluate ourselves and see if our training has paid off. It's a very strong and very fast team. It will be difficult, but we accept the challenge. We want this gold medal and we will go get it, "added Eng.

On the women's side, less than 24 hours after taking part in the Tokyo Paralympic Games, the Canadians defeated the 67-64 Americans in the final to take the gold medal.

Eight more medals

Canada continued to win medals with four in road cycling, in mixed events (men and women compete in the same event) in the time trial, three in para-swimming, one in wheelchair tennis and one in wheelchair basketball.

New Brunswick native Matthew Kinnie won the gold medal in the H1-H5 category. The 36-year-old cyclist triumphed in 31: 17.880 / 1000, ahead of American Brandon Lyons and Brazilian Eduardo Ramos.

Quebecker Rico Morneau finished on the podium, 55.786 seconds behind bronze, while Patrick Desnoyers finished 7th.

In tandem, Canadians Taylor Lowell and Andrew Davidson took the silver medal, while their compatriots Carla Shibley and Meghan Lemiski, champions of the women's track pursuit rather this week, took the bronze.

Gold went to Colombians Nelson Serna and Marlon Perez. Québécoise Annie Bouchard and her pilot Évelyne Gagnon, gold medalists in the track time trial, concluded at 6e rank.

Michael Shetler of Pointe-Claire won bronze in the T1-T2 category.

At the pool, Canada clocked a double in the SM14 gold medley with gold for British Columbian Nicholas Bennett, a third after the 200 freestyle and 100 backstroke, and silver for the Ontario's Tyson MacDonald.

Arianna Hunsicker of Surrey, BC, won her fifth bronze medal, this time in the S10 400 freestyle.

In tennis, Robert B. Shaw has been crowned champion of the single in the quad category. The Ontarian defeated American David Wagner 1-6 and 3-6.

In goalball, the Canadians lost 3-4 against the Brazilians in the semi-finals. They will face the Mexicans in the bronze medal game.

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