Paralympics Day 10 Recap

Newkirk finishes fourth, sets Canadian record

In her final event of the Tokyo Paralympics, the women’s S6 100-metre backstroke, Para swimmer Shelby Newkirk set a new Canadian record and claimed fourth in the race with a time of one minute and 21.79 seconds.

“I really wanted to go out strong and I really tried to push that second half. To come out with a Canadian record in fourth place, I’m definitely happy with that,” said to Newkirk to the Canadian Paralympic Committee following the final.

That record in the final came after the Saskatoon swimmer broke the record earlier on Day 10 in her event heat, which she won, with a time of 1:22.83.

Newkirk, who made her Paralympic debut in Tokyo, also competed in the S6 50-m freestyle and the S6 100-m freestyle during the Games.

Women’s sitting volleyball team falls to China, will play for bronze

Melfort’s Julie Kozun and the Canadian women’s sitting volleyball team will play for Paralympic bronze after losing in three straight sets 25-18, 25-20 and 25-15 to China in the semifinals on Day 10.

Kozun led the red and white with 11 points.

In the semifinal, Canada will face Brazil, who they lost to 3-2 in the preliminary round. That game is scheduled for Day 11 of the Games.

Frotten competes in final event

The Canadian 4×100-metre universal relay team, including wheelchair racer Jessica Frotten, finished third in their heat with a time of 49.38 seconds and did not advance to the event’s final. The time was a personal best for the team.

This was the fourth and final event for Regina’s Frotten, who also made her Paralympic debut. Earlier in the Games, she competed in the T53 400 and 800-m races as well as the T54 1,500-m event.

Men’s wheelchair basketball team finishes eighth at Games

A 68-56 loss to Germany in the classification playoff left the Canadian men’s wheelchair basketball team with an eighth-place finish at the Tokyo Paralympics, an improvement on their 11th-place performance in Rio.

Canada led 21-19 at the end of the first quarter, but Germany outscored the Canadians in the final three quarters to claim the victory.

Regina’s Nik Goncin, who represented Canada in Rio, had eight points and 14 rebounds in the game, while fellow Regina teammate Garrett Ostepchuk, who made his Paralympic debut in Tokyo, had two points and one rebound.

“The game could’ve gone better, but we got a bunch of guys in, got them some experience,” said Goncin to Wheelchair Basketball Canada following the game. “It’s more about the journey right now than a single game.”

Paralympic Notes: Read the full Day 10 recap on…Danielle Dorris claimed Canada’s fourth gold of the Games winning her S7 50-metre butterfly event with a world record time of 32.59 seconds…On the track, Para athlete Marissa Papaconstantinou raced to bronze in the women’s T64 100-m final with a time of 13.07 seconds…Canada’s medal count: 20 (4 Gold, 10 Silver, 6 Bronze).

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