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Canada’s Zachary Gingras wins bronze medal in T38 400m at Paralympics

This is the first medal for Gingras at the Paralympics Games

Photo by: Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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