Invictus Games Wrap Up
PVA member Jesse Graham competes in the men’s ISA 50 backstroke, where he took home a bronze medal, at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 29, 2017. (Photo by Courtney Verrill)
With the 2017 Invictus Games wrapped up, here are some highlights from the event in Toronto over the last couple days to catch up on.
TORONTO – With the 2017 Invictus Games wrapped up, here are some highlights from the event in Toronto over the last couple days to catch up on.
U.S. Takes Wheelchair Basketball Gold Again
Thanks to some late-game hot shooting from Marine Corps veteran Anthony McDaniel, the United States earned its third straight Invictus Games wheelchair basketball championship. McDaniel hit the game-winning three-pointer with 42 seconds left and the U.S. went 3-of-4 from the foul line late to earn a 55-51 victory Saturday afternoon over the Netherlands at the Mattamy Athletics Centre in Toronto. The United Kingdom defeated Demark 25-14 for the bronze medal.
The Netherlands defeated the United Kingdom 34-16 in the opening semifinal, while the U.S. dropped Denmark 42-17.
Team USA's Anthony Pone takes a shot during the gold medal game at the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. Team USA beat team Netherlands with a final score of 55-51. (Photo by Courtney Verrill)
Four Golds for van’t Oever
One athlete captured four individual gold medals, while three others won three apiece.
The Netherlands Gert van’t Oever won four individual gold medals Friday night at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre, taking the men’s ISC 100 freestyle (55.88 seconds), men’s ISC 50 freestyle (25.19 seconds), men’s ISC 50 breaststroke (33.49 seconds) and men’s ISC 50 backstroke (30.73 seconds).
Canada’s Mireille Poulin won three individual gold medals, winning the women’s ISC 50 freestyle in 34.09 seconds and the women’s ISC 50 breaststroke (47.95 seconds) and women’s ISC 100 freestyle (1:15.18). UK’s Emma Pack won three gold medals, taking the women’s ISA/ISB 50 backstroke (51.23 seconds), women’s ISA/ISB 50 freestyle (36.67 seconds) and women’s ISA/ISB 100 freestyle (1:22.05). The Netherlands’ Ronald van Dort also notched three golds, winning the men’s ISA 50 freestyle (45.08 seconds), the men’s ISA 50 breaststroke (51.47 seconds) and the men’s ISA 100 freestyle (1:42.01).
For the United States, Dorian Gardner doubled up on golds – taking the men’s ISB 50 freestyle (32.83 seconds) and men’s ISB 100 freestyle, (1:28.19).
U.S. members Nate Hamilton (men’s ISB 50 backstroke, 51.97) and Michael Nicholson (ISA 50 backstroke (1:23.26) also earned golds. Team USA swept the men’s ISA 50 backstroke category, as Isaac Rios (1:33.90) earned silver and Paralyzed Veterans of America member Jesse Graham (1:34.79) earned bronze.
Nicholson also earned silver in the men’s ISA 50 freestyle (53.46 seconds) and men’s 100 ISA 100 freestyle (2:03.41) and bronze in the men’s ISA 50 breaststroke (1:13.40), while Hamilton took silver in the men’s ISB 50 breaststroke (49.00 seconds).
Team USA’s Amy Dotson earned a silver in the women’s ISA/ISB 50 backstroke (53.47 seconds) and the women’s ISA/ISB 50 breaststroke (1:23.01) and bronze in the women’s ISA/ISB 100 freestyle (2:28.07), while Gabriel Gehr earned bronze in the men’s ISC 50 backstroke (37.54 seconds) and Stefan Leroy earned bronze in the men’s ISB 100 freestyle (1:36.54).
Finally, Australia’s Sarah Watson, Sarah Sliwka and Melissa Roberts swept the women’s ISD 50 freestyle and then each received their medals from former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife.
Team Georgia Surprises
Despite only starting the sport of sitting volleyball three years ago, Team Georgia captured the title. Georgia defeated the United Kingdom 25-15, 25-17 in the championship match at the Mattamy Athletics Centre, after knocking off the United States 25-16, 25-13 in the semifinals.
Scott Eeks Out Gold
The United Kingdom’s David Scott edged Canada’s Etienne Aube by one stroke to earn the men’s golf gold medal at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto. Scott finished with a 38, while Aube had 37. Canada’s Dan Graham, the United States’ Josh Lindstrom and Canad’s Jay Nickol tied for bronze with 35 each.
On the women’s side, the United Kingdom’s Cornelia Oosthuizen won the gold with a 32, followed by Canada’s Karyne Gelinas (27) and Dandy Bate (24).
To view more results from the week, visit http://results.invictusgames2017.com/.
Invictus Games Wrap Up
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