Brazil and Canada are expected to increase their medal tally when they hit the pool for day six of the Toronto 2015 Parapan American Games on Thursday (13 August).
Eyes will be on the women’s 100m backstroke S9, where Brazil’s Camille Rodrigues – gold medallist in the 400m freestyle S9 – and Canada’s Katarina Roxon – gold medallist in the 100m breaststroke SB8 – will go head-to-head.
Brazil will also seek golds from multi-world and Paralympic champion Daniel Dias in the men's 50m backstroke S5; Matheus Rheine in the men's 100m freestyle S11; American record holder Carlos Farrenberg in the men's 100m freestyle S13; Raquel Viel in the women's 100m freestyle S12 (S11-12); and the men's 4x100m freestyle relay 34pts.
Canada’s Benoit Huot will attempt to add a second gold medal to his haul in the men's 100m backstroke S10 (S9-10). But he will have to be in his best form to overtake Brazil’s Paralympic and world champion Andre Brasil.
One of the most exciting races on Thursday will be in the men's 100m freestyle S8, where Canada’s Zack McAllister, Mexico’s Armando Andrade and Brazil’s Caio Amorim Muniz can all top the podium.
The USA, third in the medal standings, will seek a gold from Haley Beranbaum in the women's 50m backstroke S5.
Canada’s Morgan Bird, who holds two gold medals at Toronto 2015, will look to continue her run in the women's 100m freestyle S8, but USA’s Mallory Weggemann will be a threat.
Canada’s other gold medal hopes rest with Aurelie Rivard in the women's 100m backstroke S10, Jean-Michel Lavelliere in the men's 50m butterfly S7 and Sarah Mehain in the women’s equivalent race.
Colombia’s Nelson Crispin and Diego Cuesta are expected to win the men's 50m butterfly S6 and the men's 100m freestyle S12, respectively.
Mexico, fourth in the medal count, will hope for Nely Miranda to shine. The 43-year-old is the overwhelming favourite to win gold in the women's 150m IM SM4 (SM1-4), just like her teammate Gustavo Sanchez in the men's 150m IM SM4 (SM1-4).
Competitions will be held in the CIBC Pan Am / Parapan Am Aquatics Centre and Field House, with Brazil (166) and Canada (113) leading the medal standings after seven days into Toronto 2015.
For live results and full statistics, please visit the Toronto 2015 website.
A live stream from Toronto 2015 will also be available via the IPC Swimming homepage.