October 27, 2000
wins third straight Paralmpic gold medal in women's wheelchair
Canada won its third straight Paralympic gold medal in women's
wheelchair basketball Friday with a 46-27 win over Australia.
The Canadians won gold in Barcelona in 1992 and Atlanta
in 1996. Six of these Canadian team members were in Barcelona
and all but two were in Atlanta.
Canada led by 10 point at the half, playing before an
announced sell-out at the SuperDome.
Ottawa's Chantal Benoit, one of the top wheelchair players
of her era, led all scorers with 13 points and added seven rebounds.
"Our team is very special," Benoit said. "As
individuals we are all good at some aspect of the game and we
perfect that aspect. I'm proud and lucky to be part of this
Canada finished the day seventh in the overall standings
with 77 medals (28 gold, 28 silver, 21 bronze).
Australia remained in first with 124 medals (50-35-39)
while Britain was second with 107 (37-31-39) and Spain third
with 94 (34-28-32).
Meanwhile, Chantal Petitclerc of Montreal won her second
gold medal of the Games in the 200 metres. Petitclerc beat double-gold
medallist Cheri Becerra of the U.S., who had set a world record
at the distance in the morning's semifinal heat.
"I knew I had to be perfect to win the race,"
Petitclerc said. "I couldn't allow myself any mistakes
against Cheri. I was happy to have an inside lane so I could
see the race in front of me and chase rather than be chased."
Andre Beaudoin of Cowansville, Que., won a bronze medal
in the men's wheelchair 100 metres.
The Canadian swim team continued its dominance in the
pool, winning three gold medals and breaking a world record.
Stephanie Dixon of Caledon, Ont., Adam Purdy of London,
Ont., and Walter Wu of Richmond, B.C., won gold to highlight
a five-medal Canadian performance.
Dixon broke her own world record in the women's 100-metre
backstroke to earn her fourth gold medal of the Games in a time
of one minute 11.04 seconds. Darda Geiger of Sarnia, Ont., was
"It's still a shock every single time you win a gold
medal," said Dixon. "It's the Paralympics and anything
can happen. I would have liked to go under 1:11 but that's tough
to do when you have a big lead."
With one day left in the swim competition, the Canadians
have won 38 medals (18-12-8) in the pool.
In the men's 100 backstroke, Purdy clocked 1:18.14 for
a Paralympic record and his first medal of the Games. Swen Michaelis
of Germany was second more than three seconds back and Jianhua
Yin of China third.
"It's been a long wait for a medal," said Purdy,
19. "Seeing everybody break world records and win gold
medals made me very anxious for the race."
In the men's 100 backstroke, Wu, a visually impaired swimmer,
earned his second gold with a Paralympic record time.
Benoit Huot of St-Hubert, Que., and Anne Polinario of
Toronto added silver and bronze in their respective 100-metre
In volleyball, the Canadian men lost in the gold-medal
game in straight sets to Germany and took silver in Canada's
first appearance in standing volleyball.
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