July 25, 2013, Lyon, France (ISN) – Another big day for Team Canada in Lyon, France as Michelle Stilwell of Nanoose Bay, B.C., won gold at the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) World Championship in a World Record time while Ilana Dupont of Clarenceville, Que., won bronze. Three Canadian Records were also established on day six of the IPC Athletics World Championship.
The day got off to a hot start for Canada with a World Record and gold medal performance by Michelle
Stilwellin the women’s T52 wheelchair classification 800-metres. “Fantastic!” Stilwell exclaimed. “I had so much pleasure while racing. I couldn’t have dreamt better, a World Record and a gold medal. This is a very good start to the day for Canada!” Her time of 2:14.79 bested the previous World record of 2:16.71 set in 2005 by Canadian Lisa Franks.
Ilana Dupont won bronze in the T53 wheelchair 100-metres crossing the finish line in 18.22 seconds. “It is pretty amazing to be part of a group like this that is bringing something back to Canada,” commented a thrilled Dupont. She added, “I held it in the back of my mind that it was possible and really focused on the event.” Lisha Huang of China won the race in 17.09 while Angela Ballard of Australia took silver in 17.64.
In the final of the men’s T13 visually impaired 1500-metres Guillaume Ouellet of Victoriaville, Que., finished fourth in4:05.10. Adbellatif Baka of Algeria won the race in a Championship Record of 3:53.05.
Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., placed fourth in the T54 wheelchair 1500-metres in 3:34.65. Gold was won by American Tatyana McFadden with a tie for silver between Wakako Tsuchida of Japan and Edith Wolf of Switzerland.
Brampton, Ont.’s Kyle Pettey set a new Canadian Record in the F34 shot put. Kyle’s best throw of 11.63-metres surpassed his previous Canadian Record of 11.44-metres set in 2010. “I’m happy to throw a Canadian Record.” Kyle noted. “It was a 19-centimetre personal best!” Kyle finished eighth overall. Great Britain’s Scott Jones won gold with a World Record throw of 13.38-metres.
Leading the medal board for Canada at the IPC World Championship is Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., with two gold medals and one silver. Today Brent qualified for the final of the T53 wheelchair 100-metres by winning his semi final in a Canadian and Championship Record time of 14.58 seconds. The final takes place tomorrow.
Other Canadian results from day six of the IPC World Championship
• Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., finished eighth in the T34 800-metres wheelchair final with a Canadian record of 1:55.87.
• Langley, B.C.’s Braedon Dolfo clocked 11.43 seconds over 100-metres finishing eighth in the T13 visually impaired classification final.
• Keira-Lyn Frie of Sherbrooke, Que., placed eighth in the women’s T54 wheelchair final in 18.09 seconds.
• Calgary, Alta.’s Earle Connor was leading in his semi-final of the T42 ambulatory 100-metres when tragedy struck and he fell and tore his oblique. He finished fifth in 14.76.
• Ottawa, Ont.’s Curtis Thom did not advance to the T54 wheelchair 100-metres final, he finished sixth in his heat in 14.95 seconds.
• Jackie Marciano of Halifax, N.S., finished third in his mixed T43/T44 1500-metres ambulatory semi final and qualifies for the final tomorrow.
• Josh Cassidy of Ottawa, Ont., and Jean-Paul Compaore of Sherbrooke, Que., qualified to the T54 wheelchair 1500-metres final with times of 3:00.64 and 3:03.25 respectively. Clarenceville, Que.’s Alexandre Dupont does not advance with 3:05.98.