Five big moments from Toronto 2015

To mark one-year anniversary of the largest Parapan Am Games ever, which began on 7 August 2015, here are five magical moments to recall. 07 Aug 2016
Jessica Lewis of Bermuda reacts after her 800m race during the 2015 ParAthletics Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland.

Jessica Lewis of Bermuda reacts after her 800m race during the 2015 ParAthletics Grand Prix in Nottwil, Switzerland.

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The Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games provided many unforgettable moments. Here are five of them.

Brazil-Argentina, the big football 5 rivalry

The South American rivals once again faced off in the final of a major tournament and served up yet another spectacular encounter.

Jefinho gave the defending champions Brazil an early lead before Ricardinho doubled it in the second half with a spectacular finish after dribbling by three players.

With two minutes to go, Espinillo scored a free-kick to pull one back for Argentina before he agonisingly hit the post with another attempt 30 seconds from the end of the game.

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Bermuda’s first gold

Jessica Lewis created Bermudan history by winning her country’s first ever Parapan American Games gold medal with victory in the 100m T53. After qualifying fastest from her semi-final, the then 22-year-old stormed to gold in 17.67 seconds, a new Games record.

USA-Canada, wheelchair rugby at is best

Both wheelchair rugby teams arrived in Toronto targeting gold and Rio 2016 qualification.

In the group stages the two played out one of the best and most tense fixtures ever. After nothing could separate the two sides on the final hooter, extra-time was required to find a winner. As both sides traded nervy goals, the USA edged the win 60-59 much to the heartbreak of the home fans.

Two days later, Canada took revenge in the gold-medal match, claiming a 57-54 much-celebrated triumph.

The man of the records

Prior to Toronto 2015 Trinidad and Tobago had never won a Parapan American Games gold medal. However, thanks to little known Akeem Stewart all that changed as the F44 thrower won two gold medals in two days, both with stunning world records.

First, Stewart topped the podium in the discus F44 with a throw of 63.03m before the very next day he threw his javelin 53.36m to double his country’s golden tally.

Canada win 15 medals on “Super Sunday”

The performances of Canada’s swimmers on “Super Sunday” helped the Toronto 2015’s hosts secure a record 168 medals at the Parapan American Games.

On a stunning day of swimming, Canada sealed five golds, five silver and five bronze before a cheering crowd.

Morgan Bird was the heroine of the day after claiming two golds in the 400m freestyle S8 with a Games record time and in the 50m freestyle S8.