Having already made sure of being disqualified from the semi-finals of rugby in a wheelchair, Canada defeated New Zealand 51-36 in the conclusion of Friday’s preliminary round at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The win would allow the Maple Leaf representatives to play in the fifth place playoff game on Saturday at 7 a.m. (EST).
The Canadians advanced to third in Group Two, a result not enough to qualify for the quarter-finals. They have never missed a semi-final since the sport reached the Atlanta Games in 1996.
The New Zealanders never participated. And quickly fell back and topped by eight points in the first half. The group stage was too complicated for the latter, who suffered three defeats in three matches with a difference of -66.
Canada will stand a chance of finishing fifth in the standings, but first and foremost they will have to defeat France in order to make it.
It will be the first time in seven Summer Games that the country has finished outside the top four.
The United States is at the top of the group
The Americans narrowly beat the British 50-48. Thus, they maintained their control of the first place in Group B.
In the semi-finals, Japan will face the United Kingdom, while the United States will face the defending champions Australia. The Tokyo Games title will be awarded on Sunday.
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