Day 9 of the Tokyo Paralympics increases Canada’s medal count to 18 with victories in the pool and on the track. Aurélie Rivard from Canada claimed her fifth medal in the Tokyo Olympics with a stellar performance in the pool. The 25-year-old earned silver in the women’s S10 100-metre backstroke final which is her 10th Olympic medal in her lifetime. The athlete was fifth at the halfway point in the race and then she pushed to the second place position.
Next was Brekt Lakatos who competed in the men’s T53 800-metre final and earned his fourth silver of these Games. At 41-years of age, his long-lasting career has totaled up to 11 paralympic medals. The race was a battle as Lakatos and Thailand’s Pongsakorn Paeyo traded leads on a wet track. Both Lakatos and Rivard have one more event each in Tokyo.
Today also marks the first-ever Canadian badminton player at the Paralympics. From Winnepeg, Olivia Meier became the first Canadian to compete in Para badminton at the Games. At 22-years-old, the athlete lost her first match to Thailand’s Chanida Srinavakul and her second against Norway’s Helle Sofie Sagoey.
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