TORONTO — Canada continued its successful run at the Parapan American Games on Thursday with multiple gold medals in the pool and on the track.
Wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., won his second gold medal of the Games, taking first place in the T53 800-metre race. Kyle Whitehouse of St. Catharines, Ont., added a gold medal in the men's T38 200.
Meanwhile, Canadian swimmers added 10 medals to their impressive haul, including golds by Aurelie Rivard of St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., in the women's S10 100-metre backstroke and Sarah Mehain of Vernon, B.C., in the women's S7 50 butterfly.
Canada also added a gold in cycling with Daniel Chalifour of Mont-Laurier, Que., and his pilot Alexandre Cloutier of St-Antoine-de-Tilly, Que., leading a Canadian sweep in the mixed time trial B. Robbi Weldon, of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Montreal's Audrey Lemieux claimed the silver and Saskatoon's Shawna Ryan and Joanie Caron, Rimouski, Que., took the bronze.
Charles Moreau, of Trois-Rivieres, Que., won the bronze medal in mixed time trial H1-5 while Toronto's Shelley Gautier took silver in the mixed time trial T1-2.
Canada won 21 medals in all over Thursday's morning and afternoon events to bring its total to 134 (42 gold, 47 silver, 45 bronze). Brazil led with 80 gold and 196 total medals while the United States was third with 32 gold and 107 total.
Lakatos thought he had wrapped up the T53 800 title when he crossed the line first when the race was originally run on Wednesday, but a crash and a subsequent disqualification forced a re-run.
"We go out there and we've got to be focused when we're doing it,'' he said. "We have no idea what's going to happen so you have to be prepared for everything, you can't be thinking about what happened yesterday or last month.
"Just went out there and did it."
He finished in one minute 43.90 seconds ahead of the Colombian pair of Edisson Martinez Sarmiento and Jesus Aguilar.
Lakatos won the 100 metres earlier this week, and could add another gold in Friday night's 400 metres.
Whitehouse said he rode noise from the home crowd to a Parapan Am record time of 23.66 seconds.
"Without the fan support, I wouldn't have been able to win the gold here,'' he said.
Rivard continued her dominant performance in Toronto, winning her fifth gold medal of the Games. Rivard took the S10 100 backstroke in a Parapan Am record time of 1:09.72.
Mehain won her third medal of the Games, and first gold, winning the S7 50 butterfly in 37.07 seconds.
Canadian cyclists swept the podium in the mixed time trial B, with Chalifour and Cloutier.
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