Men’s wheelchair basketball defeats Colombia, secures quarter-final sport
The Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team wrapped up round robin play on Day 6 of the Paralympics, defeating Colombia 63-52 to give them their second win of the tournament as well as spot in the quarterfinals.
At halftime, Canada led 35-19, but the Colombians fought back to narrow the gap in the latter half of the game, outscoring Canada 18-16 in the third and 15-12 in the fourth. It wasn’t enough to complete the comeback and Canada claimed the eventual victory.
Patrick Anderson led Canada with 22 points and 17 rebounds, while Regina’s Nik Goncin followed with 15 points and seven rebounds.
With their 2-3 record, the Canadian team —which also includes Regina’s Garrett Ostepchuk— will face Great Britain in the quarter-finals, who finished their round robin with a 4-1 record. The game will take place on Day 8 of the Games.
Read more at wheelchairbasketball.ca.
Ens swims to personal best time in final event
Competing in her final event at the Tokyo Paralympics, Meadow Lake Para swimmer Nikita Ens added another personal best to her tally, completing the S3 women’s 100-metre freestyle in a time of two minutes and 32.56 seconds.
Unfortunately, the time didn’t qualify Ens for the event’s final.
At the Games, Ens also competed in the SM4 150-m individual medley, setting a Canadian record along with a personal best, as well as the S3 50-m backstroke, where she claimed another personal best.
Frotten competes in second event at Games
Regina wheelchair racer Jessica Frotten competed in her second event at the Paralympics on Day 6, the women’s T54 1500-metre race.
Frotten finished the race in a time of three minutes and 52.23 seconds, which wasn’t fast enough for her to advance to the event’s final.
Frotten still has two events left on her Games’ schedule, the T53 400-m race on Day 9 and the 4×100-m relay on Day 10.
Paralympic Notes: Read the full Day 6 recap here…Para swimmer Danielle Dorris captured Canada’s seventh silver medal at the Games, finishing the women’s S7 100-metre backstroke in second place with a time of one minute and 21.91 seconds…Canada’s medal count: 12 (1 Gold, 7 Silver, 4 Bronze).