Canadian sprinter Zachary Gingras was electric on the track this morning, winning a bronze medal in the men’s T38 400m final in 50.85.
— Canadian Paralympic Committee (@CDNParalympics) August 31, 2021
The 20-year-old from Markham. Ont. sprinted his way to the bronze medal position over the final 100m, racing to a personal best time of 50.85 seconds. Gingras took almost two seconds off his previous PB, which was 52.65 seconds.
Jose Chessani Garcia of Mexico won the gold medal in 49.99, and Turkey’s Mohamed Farhat Chida finished in the silver medal position in 50.33 seconds, after leading for most of the race.
Gingras, who lives with cerebral palsy, was a 2019 Para-Pan Am silver medallist and eighth in this event at the 2019 Para World Championships. He now gets the upgrade he was dreaming of, winning a Paralympic medal. This is the first medal for Gingras at the Paralympics Games and adds Canada’s third medal in athletics.
I had to jump on the socials real quick & say how incredibly proud I am of Zach. We’ve been roommates for the last couple years & to see the growth he’s made has been fun to watch. Zach you’re a #Paralympics Medalist 🥉
PS Our coaches are the best out there! https://t.co/PbhgYe0q9D
— Nate Riech (@NateGraywolf) August 31, 2021
Marissa Papaconstantinou was fifth in her T64 200m final, in a personal best time of 27.08, improving on her previous personal best time of 27.22, which she set in the 200m heats.
Papaconstantinou will compete in the women’s T64 100m later this week. She is currently the Canadian record holder over the T64 100m distance.
Another personal best for Marissa Papaconstantinou! She takes 5th place in the women’s T64 200 metres in a time of 27.08 seconds, setting a new PB for the second race in a row.#ExperienceGreatness #Paralympics #TeamCanada pic.twitter.com/4OKjhSzfpO
— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) August 31, 2021