RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil — With a victory in the final race of the Sonar class at the Paralympics, the U.S. team of Clearwater's Brad Kendell, Rick Doerr and Hugh Freund won silver medals Saturday.
Australia won the gold in the competition for three-person keelboats and Canada the silver.
Doerr, Kendell and Freund entered the Paralympics as the reigning world champions. Kendell, who had both legs amputated above the knee after a 2013 plane crash, said it was hard to put into words what the medal, the first at the Paralympics for each team member, meant.
"2016 has been unbelievable, and this is the year we've worked so hard for," he said. "Coming in as world champions, you don't want to let it get inside your head, but you know at least that you have a chance to medal."