Canada earned a much-needed 62-46 win over Colombia at the wheelchair rugby world championship on Wednesday in Denmark.
The Canadians dropped a 52-47 determination to top-ranked Japan earlier within the day, falling to a precarious 0-2 document.
But the victory towards Colombia left each international locations at 1-2 coming into the ultimate day of group play on Thursday, when Canada will play ninth-ranked Brazil and seventh-ranked Denmark.
Both video games will likely be accessible on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports app and CBC Gem. The Brazil bout will air by way of delayed highlights at 9 a.m. ET, adopted by dwell protection of the Denmark sport at midday ET.
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“We got here out much more fired up this sport and bought the job achieved,” stated Zack Madell, of Okotoks, Alta. “These subsequent video games are far more necessary. The event will not be over for us, and we’re not going to dwell on these first two video games.”
The prime 4 groups in every six-nation group attain Friday’s quarter-finals, with the semifinals set for Saturday and medal matches on Sunday.
Canada, ranked sixth, positioned fifth at the Tokyo Paralympics and sixth at the final world championship in 2018 in Sydney, Australia, the place Japan captured the gold medal.
Madell, a three-time Paralympian, acknowledged the significance of the win towards Colombia after the sport.
“We’re a lot happier with this consequence than we’ve got been the final two,” he stated in a post-game interview.
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Madell was named participant of the sport towards Colombia. He led Canada with 28 factors in every of Wednesday’s video games.
Group A options Great Britain (2), United States (3), France (5), New Zealand (8), Germany (10) and Switzerland (12). The prime 4 groups from every group advance to Friday’s quarter-final stage, which is being held for the primary time at the world championship. The semifinals are Saturday, with the medal matches on Sunday.
More than 130 gamers, together with a document 13 ladies — three of whom are members of the Australian staff — will compete at the occasion.
In September, Canada beat reigning Paralympic champion Great Britain within the Quad Nations remaining and has demonstrated main progress because the disappointing end in Tokyo,
Canada’s 12-member squad at worlds, which incorporates 11 Paralympians, additionally gained silver in June at the Canada Cup in Richmond, B.C.
The Canadians gained silver at 2014 worlds and are looking for their first world title since 2002.
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- 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