Women’s sitting volleyball team advances to semifinals
Melfort’s Julie Kozun and the rest of the Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team are bound for the semifinals after defeating Japan in three straight sets (25-19, 25-15 and 25-20) in their final preliminary game on Day 8 of the Paralympics.
Kozun had 12 points in the game to help Canada secure the victory and give the red and white a 2-1 record.
In the semifinals, Canada will face China, who went 3-0 and didn’t lose a set in preliminary play. That game is scheduled for Day 10.
Men’s wheelchair basketball loses in quarter-final
The Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team, including Regina’s Nik Goncin and Garrett Ostepchuk, will play for seventh place after losing 66-52 to Great Britain on Day 8 at the Paralympics.
Trailing Canada 30-26 at halftime, Great Britain managed to close the gap to one 43-42 at the end of the third quarter and continued their comeback into the fourth, outscoring Canada 24-9 to claim the victory.
Goncin had six points in the loss.
Canada will now face Germany in 7/8 classification playoff on Day 10.
Read more on wheelchairbasketball.ca.
Paralympic Notes: Read the full Day 8 recap on Paralympic.ca…Shot putter Greg Stewart claimed gold and a new Paralympic record in the men’s F46 event…Para swimmer Aurelie Rivard set a new world record and won her second gold of the Games in the women’s S10 400-metre freestyle with a time of 4:24.08…On the track, wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos earned his third silver of the Games, finishing second in the men’s T53 100-m race with a time of 14.55 seconds…Canada’s medal count: 16 (3 Gold, 8 Silver, 5 Bronze).