The Lima 2019 Parapan American Games Recap: 8-27-19

LIMA, PERU– There were a ton of sports to cover today, so let’s get started!

The United State’s Wheelchair Rugby team made their country proud, and when they come home, their baggage will be 586 grams of gold heavier. 

That’s right, team USA won the gold medal in Wheelchair Rugby defeating Canada 58-47. 

A bright spot for team Canada, #33 Zachary David Madell led all scorers on both teams with 27 points.

Second in scoring was U.S. team’s #5 Charles Aoki, who had 18 points and played all game with no breaks to ensure his team victory. Said of his own effort after the match, 

“You know I train for this, I train to play every game, all game if I need to for my team. Luckily, I haven’t had to do that, but I always tell my coach, if you need me for 32 minutes or 35, however long the game goes I’ll be ready for it.” 

Team USA Wheelchair Rugby players Charles Aoki (Right) and Adam Scaturro (Middle) defend against Team Canada’s Zachary David Madell (Left) en route to winning the gold medal. August 27, 2019 (PHOTO CREDIT: Michael A. Clubine)

In non-team USA Wheelchair Rugby news, Team Columbia upset team Brazil to take Bronze. Team captain of Columbia Charles Meme after the game was all smiles. Meme said (through translation), 

“They were REALLY strong, but we are happy now. We are happy to win again after our victory in Toronto, Canada.”

You can’t stop Rebecca Murray of Team USA Women’s Wheelchair Basketball. Just try. You can’t. She picked up 22 points, going 50% from the field against the Brazilian team. She led her U.S. team to victory Tuesday morning in San Borja. The final score was 42-57.

In para swimming, The United States athletes were practically walking on water during the Women’s 100m Backstroke S9. They placed gold through bronze. Hannah Aspden placed first, while teammates Elizabeth Smith and Amanda Palyo took second and third respectively.

Other medal winners in para swimming include: Abigail Nardella (Bronze, Women’s 100m Breaststroke SB6), Aspen Shelton (Silver, Women’s 100m Backstroke S12), Abigail Gase (Gold, Women’s 100m Backstroke S7), Zachary Shattuck (Silver, Men’s 100m Breaststroke), Leslie Cichocki ( Bronze, Women’s 100m Backstroke S14), and Tye Dutcher (Women’s 100m Backstroke S10). 

After yesterday’s gold medal in the 500m for Para Cycling’s Samatha Bosco, she follwed it up today by keeping to the right track…She won the 3000m with a time of 3:57.832. Other medalists in cycling include: Joseph Berenyi and Jason Kimball, who won silver and bronze (respectively) in the Men’s Individual Pursuit C1-3 Finals. Clara Brown also finished with a gold medal, this time in the Women’s Individual Pursuit C1-3.

In goalball, Team USA women had a full load on their hands as they squeaked out a victory over Brazil 4-2. The men had it easier as they mercy ruled Peru 13-3. 

In Para Tennis, the lone USA winner of the day was Bryan Barten, who took home a win in the Quad Singles Quarterfinal.

In Para Shooting, there were two medalists in the Mixed 10m Air Rifle Prone SH2 competition. Taking top honors was the United States’ own Stetson Bardfield, while coming in silver was teammate McKenna Dahl.

In other maple leaf stomping news, the Team USA Men’s Sitting Volleyball team made quick work of Canada winning in straight sets, 3-0. The prediction for the United States vs. Peru women’s matchup by experts was that it wasn’t going to be pretty. And rest assured it wasn’t. Three straight sets ended Peru tonight (25-4, 25-3 and 25-19) in very quick fashion.

Here’s tonight’s medal count after August 27, 2019:

  1. Brazil (159)
  2. United States (108)
  3. Mexico (93)
  4. Columbia (66)*
  5. Argentina (69)*

*Argentina has less gold medals than Columbia, so they are officially higher on the list. 

This concludes today’s daily recap, see you tomorrow!




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