Paralympics Day 3 Recap

Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team lose opener 3-2

Melfort attacker Julie Kozun and the Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team got their first action of the Paralympic Games on Day 3 and unfortunately it ended in a 3-2 loss to Brazil.

Canada won the first set 25-21, but Brazil came back to win the next two sets 26-24 and 25-20 to take a 2-1 lead. The two teams battled it out it out in the fourth set with Canada coming out on top 29-27 to force the fifth and final set which Brazil won 17-15.

Highlights for Canada’s game against Brazil. Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Kozun earned 13 points for Canada and also had the fastest serve of either team at 53 kilometres per hour.

Up next, Canada will take on Italy on Day 5.

Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team drops close game in OT

A hard fought, back-and-forth battle ended in favour of Turkey as they defeated the Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team 77-73 in overtime on Day 3 in Tokyo.

Turkey had a 20-13 lead after the first quarter, but Canada fought back in the second to tie the game at 30. The third quarter belonged to the red and white with Canada leading 54-45 by the break, but Turkey came back to tie the game 67-67 at the end of regulation play.

In the five-minute overtime period, Turkey outscored Canada 10-6 to win the game 77-73.

Regina’s Nik Goncin led Canadian scoring with a triple-double game, earning 33 points —12 of which came on three pointers— 15 rebounds and 11 assists. Garrett Ostepchuk, also from Regina, added two points to Canada’s tally.

Highlights for Canada’s game against Turkey. Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Canada, now 0-2, will look to pick up their first win of the Paralympics against Japan on Day 4.

Read more on wheelchairbasketball.ca.

Paralympic Notes: Read the full Day 3 recap on Paralympic.ca…Priscilla Gagne, who carried Canada’s flag in the Opening Ceremony, picked up a silver in the women’s Para judo 52-kilogram event…on the cycling track, Kate O’Brien won silver in the women’s C4 500-m time trial…Canada’s medal count: 6 (0 Gold, 4 Silver, 2 Bronze)

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