Diane Roy wins third national title on day two of 2013 Canadian Track and Field Championship

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June 21, 2013, Moncton, NB (ISN) – Sherbrooke, Que.’s Diane Roy claimed second and third Canadian titles on the second day of competition at the 2013 Canadian Track and Field Championship in Moncton, N.B. Diane began the day with a victory in the T54 wheelchair classification 5000-metres crossing the line in 13:24.92.

In the afternoon session she took first in the T54 400-metres in a time of 59.38. Both of her performances were B standards for the IPC World Championships.

World Championship qualifying

Damian Warner of London, Ont., won the 10-event decathlon with a score of 8145 points to punch his ticket to the 2013 IAAF World Championships to be held in Moscow, Russia in mid August.

In a tight race that had four athletes gunning for a spot on the IAAF World Championship team, Matthew Hughes of Oshawa, Ont., took the win in the 3000-metres steeplechase over Chris Winter of Vancouver, B.C., and Alex Genest of Lac-aux-Sables, Que. All three are now eligible for selection to the team.

Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., registered an elite standard of 49.80 to qualify for the IPC World Championships in the T53 400-metres. Oakville, Ont.’s Austin Smeenk also recorded an elite standard (57.25) in the T34 400-metres. Jason Dunkerley and guide runner Joshua Karanja of Ottawa, Ont., Kenneth Trudgeon of London, Ont., Becky Richter of Saskatoon, Sask., and Martha Sandoval Gustafson of Toronto, Ont., all registered IPC World Championships A standards in the T11 800-metres, F46 shot put and F51 & 52 discus throw respectively.

Shot in the Dark

The Canadian Championship shot put finals took place for the first time at an off-site location in downtown Moncton. Brockville, Ont.’s Tim Nedow won his first Canadian shot put Championship title in 20.72 metres. Dylan Armstrong finished in second with 20.31 metres and Justin Rodhe was third with 19.61 metres; both of Kamloops, B.C. All three have qualified for the IAAF World Championships. Sainte-Justine, Que.’s Julie Labonte won the women’s title in 17.61 metres which is a World Championship B standard.

Kenneth Trudgeon set a new Canadian record of 14.48-metres in the F46 classification shot put as part of the downtown Shot in the Dark competition. All three of his throws were Canadian record marks.