Canada wins Silver and Bronze on Day 2 of athletics at the Parapan American Games

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Robyn Woods

GUADALAJARA – Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, Ont., and Braedon Dolfo of Langley, B.C., won silver and bronze respectively on the second day of athletics (track and field) at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

McLachlan won silver in the women’s T38 classification 200-metres in a time of 35.41 seconds. “This feels good, going in I didn’t really know what to expect but wow this was a lot of fun.” Virginia now shifts her focus to Friday’s 100-metres final.

Braedon Dolfo captured bronze in the men’s T13 100-metres in a new Canadian record time of 11.34 seconds. “I’m feeling pretty good, another personal best” said a thrilled Dolfo who recently returned to training following hip surgery. “It feels great to be back.”

Isaiah Christophe of Brampton, Ont., qualified for tomorrow evening’s wheelchair T54 classification 400-metres final finishing fourth in the semi final in a time of 54.11 seconds. Earlier in the day Christophe advanced to the T54 wheelchair 200-metres final by clocking in at 27.49 seconds. The 200-metre final is scheduled for Friday evening.

Renee Foessel of Mississauga, Ont., finished fourth with a new personal best in the women’s F37/38 classification javelin throw final. Foessel’s best throw measured 22.88-metres. Brazil’s Shirlene Coelho took gold in a new Parapan American Games record of 33.99-metres.

In the men’s visually impaired T12 classification 400-metres final the duo from Ottawa, Ont., of Brandon King and guide runner Cody Boast finished fourth in 55.48 seconds.

Canadian action continues Wednesday

Athletics continues tomorrow at the Parapan American Games highlighted by Jason Dunkerley of Ottawa, Ont., in the men’s visually impaired T11 classification 1500-metres semi final. The defending champion, along with guide runner Joshua Karanja of Ottawa, Ont., will take to the track with the objective of securing a spot in the final.

For complete schedule, start lists, results and daily re-caps visit http://www.athletics.ca/page.asp?id=536. Follow all the action live on Twitter (@athleticscanada) and Facebook (CanadaTrackandField).

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