Mac Marcoux races to Canada’s 1st Paralympic gold in Pyeongchang
Canada captured its first gold medal on the opening day of competition at the 2018 Paralympic Games on Saturday in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Mac Marcoux of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., won his first Paralympic visually impaired downhill race in a blistering one minute, 23.93 seconds. The 20-year-old topped the podium alongside his guide Jack Leitch.
Marcoux is competing in his second Games. He earned gold in visually impaired giant slalom and took bronze in both the downhill and super-G in Sochi four years ago.
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Canadian para nordic veteran Mark Arendz of Hartsville, P.E.I., had a silver finish in the men’s biathlon 7.5-kilometre standing sprint behind France’s Benjamin Daviet. The 28-year-old is competing in his third Paralympics and collected a silver and bronze in Sochi.
Earlier, Mollie Jepsen of Whistler, B.C., took bronze in the women’s downhill standing event in a time of 1:34.60 behind France’s Marie Bochet and Germany’s Andrea Rothfuss.
Calgary’s Alana Ramsay was fourth, while Toronto’s Erin Latimer and Mel Pemble of Victoria B.C., finished sixth and ninth, respectively. Montreal’s Frederique Turgeon did not finish after falling.
In biathlon, Collin Cameron of Sudbury, Ont., added another bronze in the men’s 7.5K sitting sprint. It was the first biathlon medal in international competition for the 29-year-old, who began competing in the sport in 2016.
Alexis Guimond of Gatineau, Que., had Canada’s best result in the men’s alpine downhill sitting race with a fourth-place result. Kirk Schornstein of Spruce Grove, Alta., was sixth and Braydon Luscombe of Duncan, B.C., did not finish.
Calgary’s Kurt Oatway was eighth in the men’s downhill sitting event.
Emily Young of Kelowna, B.C., finished the women’s biathlon 6K standing sprint in seventh ahead of eighth-place Brittany Hudak of Prince Albert, Sask.