The United States have replaced North American rivals at the top of the International Wheelchair Rugby Federation (IWRF) world rankings after they completed the 2016 Canada Cup with a 100 per cent record by beating the hosts at the Richmond Olympic Oval.
The London 2012 Paralympic bronze medallists came into the final day of the competition, the last major outing before Rio 2016, having already secured gold and wrapped up their sixth straight victory by overcoming Canada 56-53.
Canada could only manage a fourth place finish at the tournament, marking the first time they have failed to earn a spot on the podium.
“I'm proud of the way the guys showed up today,” Canada coach Kevin Orr said.
“We need to learn to play every team like we play the Americans.
“We don't want to lose, but I give the guys credit for rebounding like they did and playing with a lot of heart.”
Paralympic gold medallists Australia knew the best result they could achieve was silver and they secured second place with a narrow 63-60 win over Sweden in their final Canada Cup match.
The performance from the reigning world champions saw them climb to number two in the world behind the US, with Japan holding on to third after they clinched the bronze medal.
Canada, who were the pre-tournament favourites, have slipped to fourth, with Britain and Sweden fifth and sixth respectively.
The Japanese maintained their impressive showing at the event in Richmond, thrashing tournament outsiders Switzerland, the only team who will not be present in the wheelchair rugby competition at Rio 2016, 56-34 in their last match.
It proved to be another difficult day for Switzerland as they were also beaten 51-28 by Britain.
The result condemned the Swiss to their sixth straight defeat at the competition and consigned them to sixth place on the final table.