Canada eliminated from wheelchair rugby worlds by U.S. in quarter-finals

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Riding excessive from a victory on the Quad Nations match in September, Canada’s wheelchair rugby workforce had excessive hopes for the world championship in Denmark.

Those hopes have been dashed in a 53-51 loss to the U.S. in the quarter-finals on Friday, relegating the Canadians to the seeding bracket and guaranteeing they will not high their fifth-place end from the Tokyo Paralympics.

Canada, ranked sixth internationally, entered the knockout rounds with momentum after successful its ultimate three-group stage matches.

But a detailed sport, which Canada led by three after the primary quarter, flipped the Americans’ manner because the third quarter ended, and a two-point distinction to start the ultimate body proved an excessive amount of for Canada to beat.

“We got here right here to medal,” mentioned Cody Caldwell of Peterborough, Ont. “Losing sucks.”

WATCH | Canada falls to U.S. in quarters:

2022 World Wheelchair Rugby World Championships quarter-final: Canada vs. U.S.

Watch Canada tackle the United States in the quarter-finals of the 2022 World Wheelchair Rugby World Championships from Vejle, Denmark.

Zak Madell, of Okotoks, Alta., as soon as once more led Canada with 28 factors. Caldwell chipped in eight.

Canada will return to the court docket on Saturday at 4 a.m. ET to face No. 8 New Zealand for a berth into Sunday’s fifth-place sport. Coverage by way of expanded spotlight present might be out there at 9 a.m. ET on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem.

The U.S. will now look so as to add to its file 4 world titles, although it hasn’t received gold at this match since 2010. Its final Paralympic triumph got here in 2008.

More than 130 gamers, together with a file 13 ladies — three of whom are members of the Australian workforce — are competing at worlds.

Canada beat reigning Paralympic champion Great Britain in the Quad Nations ultimate and has demonstrated main development for the reason that disappointing end in Tokyo.

But the Americans managed to halt that upward trajectory in heart-breaking vogue on Friday.

“We each have skilled groups and know one another rather well,” mentioned Caldwell. ”We simply could not get it achieved. We did not execute and at this degree each turnover issues.”

Canada’s 12-member squad at worlds, which incorporates 11 Paralympians, additionally received silver in June on the Canada Cup in Richmond, B.C.

The Canadians received silver at 2014 worlds and are trying to find their first world title since 2002.

Canada’s roster

  • Zak Madell — Okotoks, Alta.
  • Fabien Lavoie — Quebec City
  • Mike Whitehead — Windsor, Ont.
  • Matt Debly — Windsor, Ont.
  • Shayne Smith — Toronto
  • Cody Caldwell — Peterborough, Ont.
  • Anthony Létourneau — Boisbriand, Que.
  • Travis Murao — Toronto
  • Patrice Dagenais — Embrun, Ont.
  • Trevor Hirschfield — Parksville, B.C.
  • Eric Rodrigues — Mississauga, Ont.
  • Byron Green — Vancouver

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