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Recap Day Seven: Team USA Brings Home 19 Medals Print E-mail
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By Mariya Abedi  September 15, 2016

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The cycling track team was on fire in Rio, where the U.S. athletes won nine out of the 19 medals for the day.

It was the first day of competition for the sport, and both the men and women pedaled their way to the podium, earning one gold, five silver and three bronze medals in the time trials.

Shawn Morelli won her second gold medal in Rio, finishing the time trial C4 classification in 29:45.40. And Megan Fisher wasn’t far behind, grabbing the silver with a time of 30:15.72.

Samantha Bosco was out early in the morning on the road, working her way around the course in the time trial C5. The cyclist finished with a time of 29:01.58, winning her a bronze medal, her second medal in Rio.

“Making it to the Paralympics was the cake, medaling in the velodrome was the icing on the cake, and now I have my ice cream,” Bosco exclaimed.

But the women didn’t stop there. Alicia Dana won silver in the H1-2-3 trime trial and Jill Walsh won silver in the time trial T1-2.

The cycling men also had their share of medals for the day. Oz Sanchez won bronze in the time trial H4 with a time of 28:51.73; it’s his third medal in Rio. And four-time Paralympian Will Groulx took away the silver medal in the time trial H2. It was his first time representing Team USA on the road; Groulx has been part of the U.S. wheelchair rugby team the last three Paralympics.

“Cycling wasn’t something that I anticipated just jumping right into,” Groulx said. “I have a fantastic team around me that helped prepare me before the race and even during the race.”

Brian Sheridan also made the podium in the same event, winning the bronze with a time of 33:39.74. And Ryan Boyle won the silver in the men’s T1-2, finishing with a time of 26:49.47.

And over at Olympic Stadium, two American women made the podium in the discus throw F52. Rachael Morrison came out on top, setting a world record of 13.09. Cassie Mitchell was right behind her, winning the silver in her season best time of 12.87.

Alexa Halko won the silver in the women’s 400-meter T34 final with a time of 1:00.79.

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Roderick Townsend-Roberts competes in the men’s long jump T47 final. Photo by Simon Burty for OIS.

 

 

In the men’s division, Roderick Townsend-Roberts beat out the Chinese team in the long jump T47, reaching 7.41 for the gold medal. He danced away, celebrating his win at the end of the competition.

“It was a really tough competition,” Townsend-Roberts said. “I took the lead in the very first round and I was like ‘this jump is not going to win the competition. Someone is going to jump further.’ I was just trying to get my legs round.”

And to round out the medal count, Team USA’s Scot Severn earned the silver in the shot put final F53, making his season best distance of 8.41.

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David Wagner competes in the quad doubles final in Rio on September 13, 2016. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 

 

Switching over to the tennis courts in Olympic Park, David Wagner played against South Africa’s Lucas Sithole to battle it out over the bronze medal in the quad singles. Wagner, coming off a disappointing defeat the night before in doubles, had trouble in the first set, which Sithole won.

The U.S. player won the second set and was down 5-2 in the third. But Wagner pushed harder, winning the final set 7-5.

“I never throw in the towel. I never give up. I never say it’s over,” Wagner said. “I fight to the end until the last point. I never assumed that it was not going to happen for me. I just knew that I was struggling early. I was physically exhausted, emotionally exhausted, just tired. Just flat out tired.”

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Cortney Jordan and McKenzie Coan compete in Rio on September 12, 2016. Photo by Ken King.

 

 

And in women’s swimming, McKenzie Coan and Cortney Jordan come out on top, winning the gold and silver in the 400-meter freestyle S7. The two held on to each other at the podium as the anthem played.

Coan came in at a time of 5:05.77, winning her second gold in RIo.

“Oh, my goodness that was so much fun,” Coan said. “To be able to go one-two with Cortney, I am really emotional. She is my hero. This is the greatest moment of my career.”

And Tucker Dupress rounded out the swimming medals for the night with a bronze in the men’s 100-meter backstroke S12. He finished with a time of 1:01.04. It’s his fourth medal in his career, but he still has one more event to compete in, the 50-meter freestyle.

The U.S. Swimming team now has 27 medals.

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Matt Stutzman competes in Rio, losing to Brazil’s Andrey Muniz de Castro. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 

 

And in archery, it was Andre Shelby who made the podium for Team USA in the men’s individual compound. Shelby had been working for this moment for four years.

I had some doubts; more people had faith than I did,” Shelby explained. “I’m more of a realist. I think if it happens, it happens. I got people back home that have been cheering me the whole way.”

But it was a tough match for Matt Stutzman, who shot an eight on the final arrow, losing to Brazil’s Andrey Muniz de Castro by one point. Muniz de Castro won 142-141, eliminating the U.S. archer in the round of 16. Stutzman, the archer who was born without arms, said he’s looking ahead to his next goal.

“Next up is Tokyo 2020, and that’s what I have to start thinking about,” said the 2012 London Paralympic silver medalist. “Days like today, they happen.”

And making its Paralympic debut, canoeing took off at Lagoa Stadium, where three American women competed in the new sport. Kelly Allen, Ann Yoshida and Alana Nichols all competed in the KL 1-2-3 heats. Nichols and Allen both advance on the finals, but Yoshida was unable to finish the race after falling in the water during the semifinals.

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Kelly Allen competes in the women’s KL3 canoe sprint in Lagoa Stadium. Photo by Ken King.

 

 

“The conditions were a little bumpy, so I was just struggling to stay up,” Yoshida said. “There’s a fine line between balance and speed. If you go for speed, your balance can go off a little bit. And I went over the balance.”

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Team USA’s Kory Puderbaugh takes possession of the ball. Photo by Ken King.

 

 

And crowd-favorite wheelchair rugby started out with the U.S. team playing its first game against France in pool phase B. The U.S. took the lead early, but France fought hard to close the gap.

Team USA kept its defense up, forcing eight turnovers in the first half and leading 26-17. France hit the U.S. hard in the third quarter, but they were unable to overtake the U.S.

Chuck Aoki led with 16 points and ended the game with the U.S. winning 51-42.

“For an opening game with just the enormity of the Paralympics, to be on a stage where so many people are going to see you play is sometimes the biggest thing to overcome,” said Coach James Gumbert.

They’ll be facing Sweden next.

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John Joss III competes in the R6 mixed 50m rifle prone SH1 final in Rio. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 

 

On the last day of competition in shooting, Team USA was unable to replicate its success from the day before. In the R6 mixed 50m rifle prone SH1, John Joss finished sixth in the qualification rounds. During the finals, he placed in fifth place with a score of 141.4, with China’s Cuiping Zhang nabbing the gold medal with a score of 206.8.

In other sports, the women’s sitting volleyball team won against Rwanda 3-0. They play Brazil in the semifinals.

The men’s goalball team played a tough game against Germany in the quarterfinals but came out on top with a final score of 7-6. They will take on Brazil in the semifinals. The women’s goalball team won as well, as they faced Canada in the quarterfinals. They shut out the northern neighbors with a score of 2-0 and play Turkey in the semifinals.

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Team USA’s football 7-a-side plays against Ireland. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 

 

And Team USA won in the classification match in football 7-a-side with a score of 2-1 against Ireland. Seth Jahn made the first goal in the first half of the game with defense leaving Ireland scoreless. In the second half, Ireland managed to score a point early on, tied with the U.S. But Drew Bremer took a shot and scored, edging out Ireland.

And finally, in wheelchair basketball, the men’s team beat out the Netherlands 70-37 and head to the semifinals against Turkey.

 
Recap Day Six: U.S. Athletes Add 14 Medals Print E-mail
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By Mariya Abedi and Orge Castellano   September 14, 2016

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The lights were shining bright at Olympic Stadium, where Team USA’s track and field team won seven medals, including a podium sweep by the U.S. women’s athletic team.

Star-athlete Tatyana McFadden added another gold medal to her collection with a time of 3:22.50 in the 1500-meter wheelchair T54 classification. It’s her 13th Paralympic-career medal. Teammates Amanda McGrory (silver) and Chelsea McClammer (bronze) finished milliseconds apart.

“Clean sweep. That was the plan,” said McGrory. “We talked about it before the start.”

It was the second podium sweep by the Americans just days apart; three American women took home the gold, silver and bronze in the first-ever Paralympics triathlon.

Earlier in the day, teammates Martin Raymond and Iannotta Gianfranco both medaled again in the same event – for the second time this Paralympic Games. Raymond took the gold in the 400-meter T52, while Gianfranco earned the bronze.

The training partners and friends had medaled in the men’s 100-meter wheelchair T52 race on Friday; Gianfranco won gold that time around.

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Raymond Martin leads out of the bend with Japan’s Tomoki Sato behind him in the men’s 400-meter T52 final. Photo by Al Tielemans for OIS/IOC.

 

And 19-year-old Michael Brannigan surpassed all expectations, winning gold in the 1500-meter race with a time of 3:51.73, a good 5 seconds before the silver medalist.

“I did what I had to do to represent Team USA and left it all on the track in Rio,” the autistic teen said about his first Paralympic appearance.

Team USA’s Breanna Clark won the last gold medal of the night in the 400-meter T20 race with a time of 57.79.

Meanwhile, the U.S. swimming team continued their streak from Monday by winning six medals, bringing the total medal count to 24 for the sport.

Michelle Konkoly brought home the only gold for the night in the women’s 50-meter freestyle, setting a new Paralympic record with a time of 28.29.

“The 50 (freestyle) is anybody’s race so I just had to go into it and give it the best I had,” Konkoly said.

And Jessica Long won the 21st medal of her Paralympic career, earning a bronze in the women’s 100-meter backstroke S8 in a time of 1:18.12.

Other swimming medalists include:

  • Rudy Garcia-Tolson (silver) in the men’s 200-meter individual medley SM7 at 2:33.87.
  • Tharon Drake (silver) in the men’s 100-meter breaststroke SB11 at 1:11.50.
  • Jessica Long (bronze) in the women’s 100-meter backstroke S8 at 1:18.12.
  • Cortney Jordan (bronze) in the women’s 200-meter individual medley at 3:04.17.
  • Robert Griswold (bronze) in the men’s 100-meter backstroke S8 at 1:04.68.

 

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An emotional Nick Taylor after losing the gold-medal match. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 

In wheelchair tennis, Team USA claimed silver after Nick Taylor and David Wagner played an intense and fast-paced match in the quad doubles against the Australians Alcott Dylan and Heath Davidson.

However, in the end they couldn’t keep up with the strokes played by their opponents in the sets. The three-time Paralympic champions, who have never lost a game in their career, were disappointed by their defeat and said they weren’t sure if they’d compete in Tokyo 2020.

“We’ve got to see what happens with the players that we’re having to play against,” Wagner said. “If changes are made, then perhaps. If there are no changes made, then I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

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Team USA’s David Wagner hits a ball during the gold medal match against Australia. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 

And it was a historical moment at the shooting arena in Rio, where McKenna Dahl won the first-ever medal by a U.S. woman athlete in shooting. The 20 year old earned a bronze in the R5 mixed 10-meter air rifle event, with a score of 635.4 and beating seven other contestants.

Team USA’s women’s basketball team remains undefeated after winning against Brazil in the quarterfinal with a score of 66-35.

The U.S. team took control of the court early on, ending the first quarter 21-4. Brazil worked hard the rest of the game, but they weren’t able to take the lead.

They advance on to the semifinals against Great Britain.

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Hungary’s Suzsanna Krajnyak makes a play against Lauryn Deluca. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

Wheelchair fencer Lauryn Deluca, who was a top-eight finisher at the 2015 Junior World Championship, was unable to overtake her opponents at the Carioca 3 Arena.

She lost four out of five plays in the women’s category A, Épeé preliminaries. The 17 year old had one win (5-4) against the Polish Renata Burdon but unfortunately did not qualify to the finals.

Meanwhile, Team USA took it away in women’s goalball, winning against Israel 7-3. The first half started out strong for both teams, with the score at 2-2 at half-time. But Asya Miller went on the offensive in the second half, scoring all three points for the U.S. team. Israel was able to gain one point but just couldn’t close the gap.

But it was a different story for the men’s sitting volleyball team. They lost their third game in a row but this time to Egypt, who left the U.S. scoreless at 3-0.

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Team USA blocks the ball in a game versus Japan on September 11, 2016. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 
Canoe Sprint Makes its Paralympic Debut Print E-mail
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By Mariya Abedi   September 16, 2016

Kayaks lined up across Lagoa Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, ready to make Paralympic history.

It was the debut of canoe sprint in the games, and three American women were part of the moment.

“It’s so exciting to be here,” said Team USA’s Ann Yoshida. “We’re making history. We worked a lot to be here.”

Athletes from 26 countries took part in the six events, competing in a 200-meter stretch across the lagoon. The events were divided into three different classifications: K1, limited trunk function and no leg balance; K2, partial leg and trunk function; and K3, trunk function and partial leg function. They use kayaks that are up to about 17 feet long, with a minimum width of 1.6 feet.

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Kelly Allen (K3) participates in the canoe sprint debut. Photo by Ken King.

 

 

Kelly Allen (K3) and Alana Nichols (K2) took to their kayaks for the finals, competing against Great Britain’s powerhouse team who medaled in five of the events. Allen placed 8th in her race, and Nichols came in 7th place.

“I’m just happy to be here,” Nichols said after the semifinals. “It’s one of those sports that takes years and years to be good at, and I’m just starting my journey.”

The 33-year-old elite athlete only started training two years ago. Nichols is participating in her third Paralympic sport, having won gold medals in wheelchair basketball and alpine skiing – the first American woman to win gold in both the summer and winter games. She said training for kayaking has been a new experience.

“My first two sports really complemented each other. I was always in the gym creating a lot of core strength around what I needed to do for basketball that transferred over to skiing,” Nichols said. “This sport, para-kayak, is so different from anything I’ve ever done. It’s absolutely endurance-based so it requires a lot of repetition, hours on the water.”

Nichols was introduced to the sport while in Hawaii, where she fell in love with adaptive surfing.

“I love surfing, but paddling is such a great way for people to get out and get out of their wheelchairs and really experience the outdoors. I will forever kayak,” Nichols said.

Hawaii is also home to teammate Ann Yashida, who lives and trains there. She had advanced to the semifinals but was unable to finish the race after falling in the water.

“The conditions were a little bumpy, so I was just struggling to stay up,” Yoshida said. “There’s a fine line between balance and speed in K1. If you go for speed, your balance may go off a little bit. And I went over the balance.”

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Ann Yoshida in good spirits after falling into the water during semifinals. Photo by Ken King.

 

 

Windy conditions made it a tough race for all the athletes, sometimes there was a strong head-wind and other times a tail-wind.

“This Lagoa has so many surprises; just yesterday we had half-foot waves,” explained Nichols.

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Alana Nichols competes at Lagoa Stadium. Photo by Ken King.

 

But despite the outcome, all the athletes were thrilled that para-canoeing was now a part of the Paralympic Games. It was first introduced in 2009 and slowly garnered a following, leading to its own World Championships.

“I think all athletes who are adaptive athletes have to trail blaze at some point to get activities and opportunities out there to be accessible for everyone,” Yoshida said.

Nichols said she hopes para-canoeing continues to grow in the U.S.

“I think we’ve made a lot of progress, but we have a long way to go,” said Nichols. “I think we need to be less of a football nation and be more open-minded to other sports.”

 
Recap Day Five: Swimming Dominates Medal Count Print E-mail
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By Mariya Abedi and Orge Castellano   September 13, 2016

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It was another day in Rio full of sunshine with high temperatures and top competitions. The U.S. swimming team continued to top the charts, winning five medals in one night.

First up was Becca Meyers, who promised to put on a good show after already winning two gold medals in her first-ever Paralympics. And she certainly did not disappoint.

Meyers set a world record in the 400-meter freestyle S13 category with a time of 4:19.59, surpassing her own world record of 4:21.66. Meyers’ speed was unbeatable; she glided through the water. She broke down in tears at the finish line in disbelief.

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Becca Meyers celebrates after breaking her own world record in the 400-meter freestyle S13. Photo By Ken King.

 

 

Her parents were at the sidelines once again to support her, waving a massive American flag during the competition.

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Becca’s parents celebrate after her daughter’s victorious win. Photo By Ken King.

 

 

Fellow teammate Michelle Konkoly also excelled in the pool, breaking another world record for Team USA in the S9 category. The Pennsylvania-native clinched gold after her fingers reached the pool wall at 1:00.91, in the women’s 200-meter individual medley SM6 category.

“It went through my mind, ‘You can do this. You can actually do this,’ and I just went for the wall with everything I had,” Konkoly said. “To look up and see that one red light, it’s amazing.”

Courtney Jordan swam the 50-meter butterfly S7, claiming silver, and winning her ninth medal in the Paralympic Games. She was defeated by 39 milliseconds by the British Susannah Rodgers, who was shocked by her unexpected win.

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Courtney Jordan wins the silver in the 50-meter butterfly S7 in Rio. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 

 

Continuing the medal count for Team USA, Bradley Snyder took home another gold. The 32-year-old swimmer finished the 50-meter freestyle S11 with a new personal time of 25.57 seconds, just 30 seconds more than the world record set by China’s Bozun Yang. Yang raced along the army veteran but came in third place.

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Courtney Jordan wins the silver in the 50-meter butterfly S7 in Rio. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 

 

Brazil’s Daniel Dias snatched the gold in the 50-meter freestyle S5, beating Roy Perkins. Only two nights ago Perkins shared the podium with the local superstar after a golden victory in the men’s 50-meter butterfly S5 category. However the American was not able to outpace Vietnam’s Thanh Tung Vo as well as Dias, and took home the bronze.

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Michelle Konkoly wins gold in the women’s 200-meter individual medley SM6.Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 

 

Unfortunately, it wasn’t all good news for the swimmers; Sophia Herzog couldn’t keep up with the powerful strokes of Britain’s Eleanor Simmonds, who finished with a new world record time of 2:59.81 in the women’s 200-meter sm6 final.

And in athletics, Hunter Woodhall and Norman Grace received the two other medals of the night. Woodhall for the men’s 200-meter T44* category and Norman for the women’s 400-meter T44.

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Hunter Woodhall runs the final leg in the men’s 400-meter T42-47 final. Photo by Bob Martin for OIS. 

 

 

Norman claimed her second medal after winning gold at the Triathlon on Sunday. She crossed the finish line in 1:01.83 for a personal best.

“To make history yesterday with the first paratriathlon gold medal for the U.S. and raising that flag, especially on 9/11, remembering and being thankful for my freedom was just amazing,” Norman said. “Then tonight, to win bronze in the 400-meter was just incredible. I’m just so thankful to represent my country on a big stage like this.”

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Dee Smith races in Marina de Gloria on day one of sailing. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 

 

The Paralympics may be four days in, but some sports are still just starting. Sailing day one of competition took off in Marina de Gloria, with six Americans competing in three classes. It may be the last time the team is able to compete in the Paralympics- Tokyo 2020 has taken sailing out of its lineup for the games.

After the day of racing, Dee Smith came in first in the one-person keelboat 2.4mR class. Smith has competed in several high-level races throughout the years, including America’s Cup and Volvo Ocean Race.

He was diagnosed with stage-four lung cancer in 2007, a condition that affected his spine. That’s when he made the switch over to para-sailing.

The U.S. team also came in third in the three-person keelboat sonar class. The team won the Para Sailing World Championships in the same category. Helmsman Rick Doerr is making his second Paralympic games, after competing in Beijing in 2008. Teammates Brad Kendell and Hugh Freund are attending the Paralympics for the first time, but the team has won five medals at the Sailing World Cup Miami.

There will be several races over the course of the week leading to the medaling round on Saturday, September 17th. But sailing is one of the sports that is not live-streamed or broadcasted. Spectators watched from the beach, which families of the athletes were taken out on the water in boats. The race was only available to watch via a live tracking system on sailing.org.

In equestrian we saw good scores for the American women competing in the first test day. Equestrian can be a tough sport to understand, given its complexity. But it has an undeniable riveting factor. For spectators, the key is to understand the close relationship between the horse and its rider as they strive for a perfect harmony in order to reach the maximum score out of 100%.

The Paralympics only has one classification, which is dressage. It features three main events: a team test, an individual championship test, and a freestyle test.

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Margaret Mcintosh competes in Rio de Janiero. Photo by Ken King.

 

 

Roxanne Trunnel from Richland, Wisconsin, classified to the next test with her horse Royal Dancer, an 11-year-old gelding rubicell 1, with a score of 69.348% in the Ia grade 2. Her teammate equestrian rider Margaret Mcintosh scored 68.087% with her horse Rio Rio.

And in men’s wheelchair basketball, the team remains undefeated as they head in the quarterfinals on Wednesday against the Netherlands It was an intense game between Great Britain and the U.S. as they took to the courts, but the U.S. took the lead and held on to it, winning 65-48.

But it was a disappointing loss for the women’s U.S. sitting volleyball team. China is well on its way to striking gold for the fourth time after beating the U.S., 3-2. Team USA put up a good fight, winning two of their sets 25-14. The game was tied after the fourth set, and China came out on top 15-13 in the final set. The U.S. will be taking on Rwanda on Wednesday at 9 a.m. Eastern Standard Time.

The men’s goalball team lost another game in the preliminary rounds, this time to Turkey, who won 6-3. After the first half, the U.S. team was down by one, but they could not recover after Turkey scored two more points in the second half.

 
Recap Day Four: Athletics, Triathlon, Swimming, Rowing Earn Medals Print E-mail
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By Mariya Abedi    September 12, 2016

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RIO DE JANEIRO – The Paralympic Triathlon was one for the history books out in Fort Copacabana. Three American women swept the podium in the first-ever Triathlon in the Paralympic Games.

Grace Norman claimed the first-ever gold medal in the women’s PT4 classification, and then Allysa Seely, Hailey Danisewicz and Melissa Stockwell took the gold, silver and bronze in the women’s PT2 classification.

The women were ecstatic, cheering and hugging as they stood on the podium receiving their medals.

The course included a 750-meter swimming portion, a 20-kilometer bike segment and a 5-kilometer run. Seely finished on top with a time of 1:22:55 seconds, with Stockwell three minutes behind her.

a13r5858Melissa Stockwell on the course during the first-ever Paralympics triathlon. Photo by Ken King.

The track was on fire in Olympic Stadium, with the U.S. bringing home seven medals in one night!

David Brown and guide Jerome Avery hit the pavement in the men’s 100-meter, breaking away from the crowd and winning the gold at 10.99. They beat Brazil’s Felipe Gomes by a mere nine seconds in the blind race.

Coming across the finishing line it just confirmed to me that, hey, I am the best, and here’s the medal to prove it,” Brown said confidently. I’m a Paralympic champion.”

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David Brown and his guide Avery Jerome win the gold medal in the men’s 100-meter T11 race. Photo by Thomas Lovelock for OIS/IOC. 

Track and field powerhouse Tatyana McFadden continued to rack up her medals, winning her second Paralympic gold medal in the women’s 400-meter T54. Teammate Cheri Becerra-Madsen was right behind her and won the silver.

“Today I won with my heart. I ran for America. It’s September 11 so I ran for the folks back at home and thoughts and prayers for those affected,” McFadden said.“I honor my country today with a gold medal.”

And Deja Young put her all into the women’s 100-meter T47, earning another gold medal for Team USA. The 20-year-old only got into Para-athletics a year ago, when a fellow athlete mentioned she should give it a try.

Rounding out the athletics medals are Kym Crosby with a bronze in the women’s 100-meter in the T13 category and Cassie Mitchell with a bronze in the women’s club throw.

And in swimming, it was team USA’s Colleen Young who came away with a bronze medal in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke SB13* category. It was the 18-year-old swimmer’s first Paralympic win, and it was the 13th medal the U.S. Swimming team has won in four days.

Jessica Long had a disappointing loss in the women’s 100m freestyle. While Long had the best qualifying time during the heat, she was unable to medal. She came in fourth, just 0.56 seconds short of the bronze. But Long still has several races left in the next week including the 100-meter backstroke, 50-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley.

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Jessica Long dives into the pool during the 100-meter breaststroke SB13. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 

 

Meanwhile, at Lagoa Stadium, the weather conditions were nearly perfect for rowing: clear skies and zero wind.

Great Britain dominated three of the four events, winning gold. Team USA walked away with a silver medal in the LTA Mixed Coxed Four category, maintaining their stride throughout the race and keeping the Canada team at bay.

“It’s a bit of mixed emotions,” the 28-year-old said after the race. “I’m obviously really proud that we came in second place representing the U.S., but I’m also disappointed that we didn’t come in first.”

Back in the 2012 London Paralympics, the team had come in sixth place and Great Britain had won the gold then too.

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Dana Mathewson on the court in Rio de Janiero. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 

 

Team USA’s wheelchair tennis, Nick Taylor and David Wagner were the only ones to win their match. They played against Israel in the quad doubles, winning by 6-4, 6-2 in the semifinals. The duo is gearing up for the finals.

“We have a target on our backs. You don’t win them all. We know that coming in,” Wagner said. “We’re ready and do our best every time we step on the courts.”

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Team USA’s Jen Armbruster blocks a ball during the USA vs China game. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 

 

And in women’s goalball, the U.S. team put up a good fight against Japan and came out ahead with a 5-3 win. They’ll be taking on Israel on Tuesday at 8 a.m. Eastern Stand Time. The men’s team also won. They played Finland and scored 6-2.

And in wheelchair basketball, both divisions inch closer to quarterfinals with their wins.

The U.S. women’s team held off the Netherlands by winning 60-50. The European team did put up a good fight, but couldn’t catch up with the U.S. after the women took the lead early on in the first quarter.

And the men’s team held on to their perfect record this Paralympic Games, beating Algeria 92-24. By the end of the first quarter, the score was 27-4, and Algeria wasn’t able to come back.

The men take on Great Britain, the last game leading into the quarterfinals. The last time the two teams faced off, the U.S. had won 61-46.

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Team USA’s Jen Armbruster blocks a ball during the USA vs China game. Photo by Michael A. Clubine.

 
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