Kevin Strybosch, 2015 Parapan Am gold medallist, fell short of his expectations in Rio. Photo courtesy of Canadian Paralympic Committee.

Canadian discus thrower optimistic about next competition

Kevin Strybosch finishes ninth in men’s F37 discus event

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Parapan Am discus champion Kevin Strybosch came up short in his first Paralympic Games but not in his optimism for the future.

After three throws, Strybosch finished with a best distance of 41.81 metres in the men’s F37 final. He just missed the cut to advance to the fourth round, finishing ninth behind the eight athletes who qualified.

Although disappointed, especially after his success in Toronto last year, Strybosch is looking ahead with a positive attitude.

“It wasn’t very good, so hopefully I can build on it and hopefully come back for World’s next year and have a better performance,’” said the 23-year-old student at Western University in London.

Although his Games are over, Strybosch plans to stay in Rio to support his Canadian teammates.

“I have a bunch of friends competing, so I just really want to see them compete and do well,” he said. “Hopefully, they can do better than I did.”