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banner Monday, 23 October, 2000, 14:13 GMT 15:13 UK
More success for awesome Aussies
America and Canada battle on the basketball court
America and Canada battle on the basketball court
Host nation Australia remain top of the Paralympic medals table after adding another six golds to their already formidable haul in Monday's action.

Their victories came in the athletics events, but there were other notable highlights on the fifth day of competition.

Czech rider Jiri Jezek won his second track cycling gold when he beat Australia's Paul Lake by three tenths of a second in the individual pursuit with both men breaking Lake's world record.

French veteran Beatrice Hess, 38, continued to set the standard for younger opponents with her second gold medal and second world record in the women's 200m freestyle swimming.

Tunisia's Maher Bouallegue added the 5,000m to the 800m track gold he had already won.

Fencing

In the fencing, Polish competitors won three of four titles to leap above of Hong Kong in the table with six gold medals.

Jadwiga Polasik, Atlanta silver medallist and World Cup gold medallist, won the Category A epee, when she beat Silke Schwarz of Germany in the final, whilst compatriot Marta Wyrzykowska of Poland won her third gold medal of the Games when she beat Judit Palfi of Hungary 15-4 in the Category B epee.

Defending champion Jean Rosier of France stopped a Polish clean-sweep in the fencing when he overcame Chung Ting Ching of Hong Kong, the individual foil silver medallist, in the Category B men's individual epee final.

Rosier, who also won a foil silver in Atlanta, got off to a quick start by winning the first four hits but Chung pulled back to 14-13 before Rosier scored the winner for a 15-13 win.

Command

"I always felt in command but I admit it got a bit close at the end," said the 46-year-old from Grenoble who said he had yet to make up his mind about retiring.

Poland's team foil silver medallist Dariusz Pender won the men's Category A epee when he beat Germany's Udo Schwarz 15-14 in the final.

Pender fought his way through a tough draw which included wins over France's Cyril More, a sabre silver medallist, in the last 16 and fellow Frenchman Robert Citerne, a foil bronze medallist.

Schwarz beat Hong Kong's Kwong Wai Ip, a team foil gold medallist, in the quarter-finals.

World record

Atlanta gold medallist Amy Winters of Australia, who lost her T46 (amputee) women's 200m world record to Anna Szymul of Poland in the semi-finals, bounced back to win the final despite being drawn in the outside lane.

Brazil's Adria Santos, who had broken the women's 100m world record for blind runners with a run of 12.34sec in the semi-finals, took the gold medal in 12.46. with Spaniard Purificacion Santamarta taking silver.

Nathan Meyer of South Africa won the men's 100m for blind runners in 11.36sec and then set his sights on the 200m while Choi Yong Jin of South Korea scored a runaway win in the men's T36 (cerebral palsy) 1,500m final.

Gold medal favourites Spain were held 1-1 by Brazil in the men's soccer preliminary round.

Ivan Vazques headed Spain ahead in the 58th minute but Brazil's Douglas Amador equalised deep into injury time.

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