Guelph’s Josh Cassidy failed to advance to the Paralympic final in the men’s 5000-metre wheelchair race Friday, finishing just two tenths of a second out of a qualifying spot with 11:32.47.
The Canadian record holder in the 1,500, 5000, 10,000-metre and wheelchair marathon events races again in London on Monday in the men’s 1,500-metre race.
In other Paralympic action Friday, Michael Heath, who trains with New Hamburg’s Wilmot Aquatic Aces, didn’t get past his heat in the 100-metre backstroke, swimming the race in 1:08.42. He swims again on Sunday in the 200-metre freestyle.
The women’s wheelchair basketball team, which includes veteran Katie Harnock of Kitchener, fell 79-50 to the Netherlands. Harnock recorded 13 points, five assists and ten rebounds in the preliminary-round match.
The Dutch went on an 18-point run early on in the game, and led by as much as 15 points in the first half. Canada battled back and cut the lead to 7 points by halftime, but couldn't shut down Netherlands’ Mariska Beijer. She scored 21 points in the first half, and finished with a game high 34 points and 14 rebounds.
The women will play Australia Saturday, Brazil Sunday and Great Britain on Monday.
The men’s wheelchair basketball team, which includes Fergus’ Patrick Anderson, Kitchener’s Tyler Miller and Kitchener-born Brandon Wagner, played a late game against host Great Britain Friday night.
The men’s team plays Poland Saturday, Germany on Sunday and Columbia Monday.
For a full schedule of Canadian athletes at the Paralympics, check here.