U.S. wins gold medals in swimming and para cycling
By Josh Eisenberg/Wheelchair Sports Federation
On the final day of swimming on Aug. 31 at the Parpan American Games in Peru, Team USA’s lone gold medal in that event came from Carson Sanocki, winning the men’s SM13 200-meter individual medley in 2 minutes, 19.08 seconds. Samantha Tubbs earned silver in the women’s SB9 100-meter breaststroke (1:21.12) Also, the U.S.’ 400-meter freestyle relay team of Elise Morley, Hannah Aspden, Natalie Sims and Abigail Gase earned a silver medal (4:50.24). Gase also won bronze in the women’s SMY 200-meter individual medley (3:38.09). Laurie Hermes earned bronze in the women’s SB11 100-meter breaststroke (1:48.33), while Aspen Shelton earned bronze in the women’s S12 100-meter freestyle (1:06.95) and Summer Schmit earned bronze in the women’s SB9 100-meter breaststroke (1:27.95).
Zachary Shattuck earned another bronze on the men’s side in the men’s SM6 200-meter individual medley. (2:53.66) Matthew Torres (men’s S8 100-meter freestyle, 1:03.91) also earned bronze as did the men’s 400-meter freestyle relay team of Jamal Hill, David Gelfand, Joseph Peppersack and Liam Smith (4:14.67).
In para cycling road competitions, the U.S.’ Clara Brown won gold in the women’s C1-C3 road race finals. She finished in 1:25.14.
Brandon Lyons earned silver in the men’s H3-H5 road race final, as did Joseph Berenyi in the men’s C1-C3 road race (1:55.04) and Matthew Rodriguez (35.04 seconds) in the T1-T2 mixed road race, while Samantha Bosco (1:37.20) earned bronze in the women’s C4-C5 road race.
- In futbol 7-a-side action, the United States defeated Venezuela 7-0 for the bronze medal. Brazil won gold, defeating Argentina 5-3.
- In para powerlifting, the United States snagged silver, as Ahmed Shafik lifted 168.68 kilograms in the men’s combined 88-kilogram and 97-kilgroam AH Group A.
- In para taekwondo, Team USA’s Evan Mendell defeated Mexico’s Francisco Pedroza 22-16 to win the gold in the men’s K44 +75-kilogram division. Team USA’s Johnny Birch earned bronze in that division.
- Both the men’s and women’s goalball team earned silver medals. Brazil beat both teams in gold-medal matches, knocking off the men’s team 12-9 and the women’s team 4-3.
- In para badminton, Team USA’s Miles Krajewski earned silver, losing 2-1 to Brazil’s Bra Tavares.