TORONTO – Daniel Chalifour and his pilot Alexandre Cloutier collected a third gold medal as they led a Canadian medal sweep in the visually impaired time trial on Thursday at the Parapan American Games.
Canadian para-cyclists rode to the podium five more times to cap an impressive 11-medal tally at the Games.
In the mixed time trial for visuall impaired, Chalifour and Cloutier clocked 26 minutes and 47.11 seconds. Robbi Weldon of Thunder Bay, Ont., and Audrey Lemieux of Montreal took silver in 26:58.04 and Shawna Ryan of Saskatoon and Joanie Caron of Rimouski, Que., were third at 27:47.62.
‘’A super week,’’ said Chalifour, also first in the pursuit and one kilometre time trial on the track and second in the road race last weekend. ‘’We came in here with some question marks but we performed beyond our expectations. It’s hard to ask for better.’’
Shelley Gautier of Toronto added a silver in the mixed T1-2 class and Charles Moreau of Victoriaville, Que., was third in the H1-5 class.
‘’I really had to stay focused with the wind changes,’’ said Gautier, the reigning women’s world champion. ‘’I had a big desire to win.’’
‘’I couldn’t be happier,’’ said Moreau, also a bronze medallist in the road race. ‘’I was well prepared and it was nice comeback here after the world championships and have such strong performances.’’