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.
Gustavo Fernandez takes another step
The men’s wheelchair tennis world No.1 won 6-0, 6-0 again, this time against Brazilian Gustavo Carneiro, and qualified for the semi-finals.
The USA’s Casey Ratzlaff, Brazil’s Daniel Rodrigues and Argentina’s Agustin Ledesma complete the final four line-up.
The women’s singles semi-finals will be contested on Tuesday, with Colombian Angelica Bernal facing USA’s Dana Mathewson and Chilean Macarena Cabrillana taking on US player Emmy Kaiser.
Sitting volleyball semi-finals decided
The preliminary rounds are over and the top four female and male teams have been determined.
In the women’s competition, Brazil will play Canada, while Peru seek to cause a major upset against the USA. Brazil vs. Colombia and Canada vs. USA will be the men’s semi-finals.
The football 5, football 7, goalball and wheelchair basketball preliminary rounds continued, while the table tennis team event finals will be contested on Tuesday.
The schedule and full results are available on the Lima 2019 website.