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    Day 8 of the Tokyo Paralympics brings us two champions, two gold medals, and two world records. The most recent accomplishment, Canada’s Aurélie Rivard beat her own world record by five seconds, claimed her gold, and defended her title for the second time in Tokyo. The 25-year-old from Quebec swam the women’s S10 400-metres in a time of four minutes 24.08 seconds.

    Before the swimming events, shot putter Greg Stewart from Kamloops B.C. made history with his very first throw. He achieved a distance of 16.75 metres which set a new Paralympic record. These Games count as Stewarts’ first-ever time at the Olympics and he said he was “shocked and grateful for the love that got him to the Games.”

    Next, in the T53 100-metre final track race, Canadian Brent Lakatos won his third silver medal in Tokyo. He posted a time of 14.55 seconds and raised Canada’s medal count to 16. Lakatos was leading at the beginning of the race but Pongsakor Paeyo from Thailand came from behind to take the gold from him. Paeyo finished with a Paralympic record time of 14.20.

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