Jean-Paul Compaore wins bronze on day 1 of IPC World Championship

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July 20, 2013, Lyon, France (ISN) – Jean-Paul Compaore of Sherbrooke, Que., won bronze today on day one of the 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championship.  Compaore took bronze in the men’s T54 classification 10000-metres in a time of 23:05.93.

“I’m very happy to represent Canada, it’s a pleasure for me.  To win a medal for Canada is a true honour “, comments Jean-Paul . Josh Cassidy of Ottawa, Ont., was fourth in the race in a time of 23:06.08.  Gold went to Marcel Hug of Switzerland in23:04.75.

In the women’s T34 wheelchair classification 200-metres final Rachael Burrows of Barrie, Ont., finished sixth in 39.93 seconds. In the men’s F33/34 seated javelin final Robert Hughes was 14th with 15.23 metres.

The women’s T53 wheelchair classification 200-metres semi finals saw Ilana Dupont of Saskatoon, Sask., finish second in her heat with 31.89 seconds and she qualified to the final; “I felt super comfortable and it was a seasons best by about half a second. I am happy and looking forward to the final tomorrow”. Sarah White of Montreal, Que., finished fifth in her heat in 35.88 and does not advance.

In the T54 wheelchair classification Saskatoon, Sask.’s Keira-Lyn Frie advanced to the 200-metres final placing third in her heat in 31.82 seconds.

Alister McQueen of Calgary, Alta., finished fourth in his T44 ambulatory 200-metres semi final. In a fast heat Alister registered 23.84 seconds to qualify into tomorrow’s final; American Jarryd Wallace won the heat in a new World record time of 22.32 seconds. “It feels good to be through to the final,” comments Alister. “In London last year I ended up finishing ninth and missed the final by three hundredths of a second. To know that I get that extra race tomorrow and to go for a medal is very exciting.” Jackie Marciano of Halifax, N.S., placed fourth in his heat in a personal best time of 24.13 seconds and does not advance.

Braedon Dolfo of Langley, B.C., clocked 23.82 over 200-metres and finished fifth in his T13 visually impaired semi final and does not advance.

In the T11 200-metres heats Dustin Walsh and guide runner Dylan Williamson both of New Westminster, B.C., finished with a personal best time of 24.76 seconds. They placed third in their heat and did not advance to the semi finals.

Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., qualified to the T54 5000-metres final tomorrow placing fourth in her heat in 12:09.20. Keira-Lyn Frie does not advance with a time of 12:58.32.