Parapan American wheelchair rugby gold medal showdown will be a repeat of Toronto 2015
27 Aug 2019
USA and Canada will go head to head again for Parapan American gold at Lima 2019
Four years after their tumultuous tussle in Toronto, Canada and USA will again face off in the Parapan American wheelchair rugby final after winning their semi-final contests on Monday in Lima, Peru.
The Canadian team beat Brazil 56-45 with Zak Madell emerging as the top scorer with 26 tries. In the other match, USA defeated Colombia 50-26 to remain unbeaten. They now hope to take avenge their defeat by Canada in the 2015 final.
Madell said: “It is going to be a great game and you’d expect both teams to bring everything they have got.
“Qualifying for Tokyo would mean everything to us. Four years ago we were able to beat the Americans at the Toronto Parapans and seal our ticket to Rio [2016 Paralympic Games].”
Argentina ended in fifth place following a 52-38 victory over Chile.
USA take the spoils in track cycling
Samantha Bosco has the distinction of being the 2019 cycling competition’s first gold medallist with her victory in the women’s 500m time trial C1-5 and she was thrilled with her time of 39.601 seconds.
“I’m stoked because I’ve been wanting to break 40 seconds in the 500m for so long, so to do that and get the gold medal is incredible,” she said.
More USA gold quickly followed with Joseph Berenyi Jr. setting a Parapan American Games C3 record of 1:05.945 on his way to winning the men’s 1km time trial C1-5.
In the women’s individual pursuit B, Carla Shibley and guide Meghan Leminski climbed onto the first step of the podium.