Keira-Lyn Frie 6th; Nathan DeWitt 8th today in athletics competition

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LONDON, UK – Canadian track and field athletes recorded a pair of top eight finishes today in athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Keira-Lyn Frie of Saskatoon, Sask., and Nathan DeWitt of Surrey, B.C., finished sixth and eighth respectively in the wheelchair T54 and T34 100-metres.

Frie took sixth in the women’s T54 100-metres in 17.26 seconds. “This was a tough start, but I got up to speed in the end. It was ok, looking forward to learning from this experience.” Frie wraps up her first Paralympics Games with three top eight finishes. She also finished eighth in the wheelchair 1500 and 5000-metres.

DeWitt was eighth overall in the T34 wheelchair 100-metres in a time of 17.36. “I’m very happy with my race, all I wanted was to make the finals, and I did! I pushed as hard as I could. You can’t be disappointed with that.”

The men’s T53-T54 wheelchair 4×400-metres relay team of Alexandre Dupont of Bradwell, Sask., Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., Colin Mathieson of Winnipeg, Man., and Curtis Thom of Mississauga, Ont., clocked 3:17.50 for second in their heat. The time was not enough to advance to the final and they finished fifth overall.

Track and field competition at the 2012 Paralympic Games wraps up tomorrow with three Canadians competing in the wheelchair marathon. Diane Roy of Sherbrook, Que., Josh Cassidy of Ottawa, Ont., and Michel Filteau of St. Jean Baptisite, Que., race at 11:30am local time (6:30am eastern time).

For more information visit www.paralympic2012.athletics.ca.

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