Day 7 of the Paralympics in Tokyo brings us some new Canadian medalists and near-podium results. Zachary Gingras collects the latest medal for Canada after winning bronze on the track. The 20-year-old from Markham, Ontario managed to hold onto third place in the men’s T38 400-metre final. This is the first medal in his young career and he achieved a lifetime-best time of 50.85 seconds.
Gingras draped the Canadian flag around himself after the race and was flooded with emotion. CBC’s Sport’s reporter Devin Herowux said Gringaras wished that his parents could have been there to see it. His last accomplishment was a silver medal at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima.
Canada’s Marissa Papaconstantinou raced after him in her final event on the track. She held a third-place position for most of the race but was passed in the final seconds to place fifth. There was another near-podium finish on Tuesday in the cycling events. Keely Shaw from Canada raced in the women’s C4 time trial and placed fourth. After her race, she tweeted her goals which listed, 1. Have fun on ikes, 2. Leave my heart and soul on the course.
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