Shaw earns Canada’s first medal at the Tokyo Paralympics
With a time of 3:48.342 seconds, Midale’s Keely Shaw set a personal best and defeated Australia’s Meg Lemon to capture bronze in the track Para cycling women’s C4 3,000-metre individual pursuit on Day 1 of the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
“I’m really glad I was able to put down the times that I knew we could accomplish in the bronze-medal match when it really matters,” said Shaw after the race to the Canadian Paralympic Committee. “I felt way better going into my medal race than I did going into my qualifier, and I think it showed with my performance. Meg was definitely catching up, she gave me the race of a lifetime especially in the last 500 metres, and I’m just so happy I was able to bring it home.”
The bronze is Canada’s first medal of the Games and first for Shaw who is making her Paralympic debut.
In the qualifying round, Shaw placed third with a time of 3:49.032.
Shaw has two more events at the Games, the road time trial and the road race.
Para swimmer Newkirk sets new Canadian record
Making her Paralympic debut, Saskatoon Para swimmer Shelby Newkirk set a new Canadian record and personal best with a time of 35.50 seconds in the women’s S6 50-metre freestyle event heats.
The time placed Newkirk ninth overall between the heats —0.3 seconds out of eighth— and only the Top 8 advanced to the final.
Newkirk will also be competing in the women’s S7 100-m freestyle and the S6 100-m backstroke later in the Games.
Rousell has tough opening day
It was a rough start to his first Paralympics for Asquith wheelchair fencer Ryan Rousell.
Competing in the men’s Category A sabre event, Rousell was defeated in all his preliminary round duels, losing 5-4 to Ukraine’s Andrii Demchuk, 5-0 to Italy’s Edoardo Giordan, 5-3 to China’s Hao Li and 5-3 to Germany’s Maurice Schmidt.
He did not advance to the quarter-finals.
Rousell will have a shot a redemption on Day 2 of the Games when he competes in the men’s Category A epee.
Paralympic Notes: Read the full Day 1 recap on Paralympic.ca…Para swimmer Aurélie Rivard won bronze in women’s S10 50-metre freestyle…Canada’s Paralympic Medals: 2 (0 Gold, 0 Silver, 2 Bronze)