It all Comes Down to This!
The athletes competing at the London 2012 Paralympics have been training for four years for a crack at wheelchair rugby's biggest prize: Paralympic gold. That honour will be given out tomorrow to either Canada or Australia.
But first: congratulations to the following teams, who finished their competition tonight. Great Britain gave the home crowd a treat when they won 59-47 against Sweden, clinching the 5th place spot. Sweden will be ranked #6. Belgium took 7th place with a 54-50 victory over France.
While France did not win a game this competition, they challenged several teams and proved that they are deserving of their inclusion in the Paralympics. We're excited to see what's in store for this young team.
The bronze medal game will be a matchup between USA and Japan. This game will be a test of emotions. Will the USA be able to recover from their defeat? Or will Japan, who recently beat the USA at the 2012 Canada Cup, score another victory?
The gold medal match will be between Canada and Australia. Australia has cruised through their round robin and semi-final play and so far no team has been able to find an answer for Ryley Batt and Chris Bond. That could change, however, when Canada's heavy hitters (especially 18-year-old Zak Madell) take a crack at him. While Canada has fallen to Australia once this tournament, they're buoyed by their victory and looking for gold. Expect an intense, physical matchup.
All games will be webcast at paralympic.org.