First Gold Paralympics Medal For Canada In Tokyo

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Canada has won a total of 12 medals over the past 6 days of the Tokyo Paralympics.

Aurélie Rivard won the first gold medal for Canada on Sunday in the Women’s 100m freestyle S10. She broke her own record and finished with an impressive 58.14 seconds.  In this race, she set a new paralympics record as well as a new world record.

The athlete from St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu (Quebec) held the previous record in the Women’s 100m freestyle S10 from the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Her time in that race was 59.31 seconds. She also still holds the world record and paralympic record for the Women’s 50m freestyle S10. She finished that event with 27.37 seconds, while this year’s winner, Anastasiia Gontar from Russia, finished with 27.38 seconds. Rivard won a bronze medal for that event this year with a time of 28.11 seconds.

While Rivard won the first gold medal, Canadian athletes have won a total of 12 medals so far in the Paralympics – 1 Gold, 7 Silver, 4 Bronze. The winners and their medals are as follows:

  1. Aurélie Rivard: Gold medal – Women’s 100m Freestyle S10, Swimming
  2. Brent Lakatos: Silver Medal – Men’s 400m T53, Track (Athletics)
  3. Brent Lakatos: Silver Medal – Men’s 5000m T54, Track (Athletics)
  4. Tristen Chernove: Silver Medal – Men’s C1 3000m Individual Pursuit, Cycling Track
  5. Kate O’brien: Silver Medal – Women’s C4-5 500m Time Trial, Cycling Track
  6. Keely Shaw: Bronze Medal – Women’s C4 3000m Individual Pursuit, Cycling Track
  7. Priscilla Gagne: Silver Medal – Women -52kg, Judo
  8. Nicolas Guy Turbide: Silver Medal – Men’s 100m Backstroke S13, Swimming
  9. Danielle Dorris: Silver Medal – Women’s 100m Backstroke S7, Swimming
  10. Aurélie Rivard: Bronze Medal – Women’s 50m Freestyle S10, Swimming
  11. Stefan Daniel: Bronze Medal – Men’s PTS5, Triathlon
  12. Canada: Bronze Medal – Women’s 4x100m Freestyle Relay with 34 points, Swimming

You can follow along at the official Paralympics website or the Olympics website for all news and updates about the Tokyo Paralympics.

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