New Brunswicker Danielle Dorris won a silver medal in the S7 100-meter backstroke on Monday, giving the Canadian swim team a fifth podium at the Paralympic Games.
Competing in his second Games at just 18, Dorris narrowly missed a podium Friday finishing five hundredths of a second behind third in the 200-meter medley. “It sounds very surreal,” said Dorris, who finished 15th in the S8 100-meter backstroke at the Rio Games in 2016.
The Moncton swimmer quickly took the lead with a strong underwater start. She was first on the turn, 38.22 seconds later, just ahead of American Mallory Weggemann (38.84 seconds). Weggemann came from behind in the last length to win the race in 1 minute and 21.27 seconds. Dorris posted her best personal performance clocking 1: 21.91, edging out world record-holder Julia Gaffney of the United States.
“My plan was really to use my strength, which is really my start and the underwater portion, as well as the turn,” continued Dorris, who trains at his hometown Bleu et Or swim club. .
Camille Bérubé of Gatineau was fifth in 1: 25.04. It was the third final in four days for the three-time Paralympian from Club Natation Gatineau, who placed 5th in the 200-meter IM S7 on Friday and eighth in the 100-meter breaststroke SB6 on Saturday.
“I was really hoping to be faster,” said Bérubé. I was aiming for a better time tonight, and that didn’t happen. I think I am really tired. It was my fifth race this week. I have one more race tomorrow, then two more days off. It will be nice to be in the stands and cheer on my teammates. “
Two other Canadian swimmers were in action Monday. Saskatchewan’s Nikita Ens and Torontonian Aly Van Wyck-Smart placed 9th and 14th respectively in the women’s S3 100-meter freestyle prelims with times of 2: 32.26 and 2: 49.59.
Team Canada also advanced to the men’s wheelchair basketball quarter-finals with a 63-52 victory over Colombia. Patrick Anderson scored 22 points, a game-high, and added 17 rebounds and 8 assists, while Nik Goncin contributed 15 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists.
“We did exactly what we wanted to do in the first half,” said Bo Hedges, who added 10 points in the win. Then in the second half we knew our opponents were going to fight and not give up because they still had a chance to make it to the quarterfinals. […] It wasn’t necessarily the best win in the end, but we triumphed. “
Canada (2-3) is now awaiting the conclusion of the preliminary round and will face the winner of Group B in the quarter-finals.
In the boccia tournament, Danik Allard (BC2) achieved a one-sided 12-1 victory, his first in Tokyo, over Diana Tsyplina of the Russian Paralympic Committee. Allard, from Bois-des-Filion, the youngest BC2 athlete in Tokyo, set the pace in the first run with a six-point push. Despite the win, Allard failed to advance to the next round, however.
Montrealer Alison Levine suffered an 8-2 loss to Croatian Davor Komar in the BC4 category. Levine ends his tournament with a record of one win and two losses. She will be back on the field on Thursday for the doubles competition.
Iulian Ciobanu (BC4) was also defeated in his third and final preliminary round match against China’s Yuansen Zheng by a score of 8-2. The loss deprived Ciobanu of a quarterfinal participation, even though he had been undefeated until his clash with Zheng.