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Ottawa at the Paralympics Day 5: Canada’s rugby journey ends; goalball team and Bérubé continue on

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By Kieran Heffernan & Charlie Pinkerton

Following a rough early start to the tournament, the Canadian rugby team finished about as well as they could have, ending up placing 5th after a 57-49 win over France.
 
After yesterday’s match against New Zealand, where Patrice Dagenais had an impressive 26 minutes of playing, head coach Patrick Côte said Dagenais “brought this one home today.” He had a slightly smaller role during this game, playing for around 9 minutes and earning 1 try.

Camille Berube. Photo: Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Camille Bérubé was happy with her 5th-place finish yesterday in the 200-metre individual medley, saying after that race, “It’s the fastest time that I’ve gone in probably five years and a best time in this sport class, so I’m definitely thrilled with that, and it’s a great start to the rest of the week.” Her second race of the week, the SB6 100m breaststroke, didn’t go quite as well for her.
 
She just made it to the final, finishing 8th overall in the heats with a time of 1:42.80. Unable to improve that time in the final, she finished 8th again, clocking in at 1:44.07. Her third race out of five, the S7 100m backstroke, takes place Monday starting at 4:07 a.m., eastern time.

Emma Reinke. Photo: CPC

The women’s goalball team suffered a disappointing 4-3 loss to Australia, who, prior to this match, had only managed to score once in the entire tournament.
 
Ottawa’s Emma Reinke once again dominated for Canada, playing the full 24 minutes and leading the team in number of throws. Amy Burk and Whitney Bogart sat out for another game. Reinke attempted to complete a comeback for the Canadian team, who was down 4-1 when she scored twice in the last minute of the game. Unfortunately, the Canadian team didn’t quite have enough time to push for a tie or a win.
 
Canada’s final match of the group stage, against China, begins Monday at 1:45 a.m., eastern time.
 
This is a rare day where no Ottawa Paralympians are competing, but we’ll be back tomorrow with more in-depth previews ahead of Camille Bérubé’s next race and the women’s goalball team’s final group stage game, which could determine whether or not they advance to their tournament’s playoff.

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