July 26, 2013, Lyon, France (ISN) – Two more gold medals for Canada today at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championship. Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., stepped on the podium for his fourth time this week; Michelle Stilwell of Nanoose Bay, B.C., won her second gold.
Brent Lakatos did it again today winning gold in the T53 wheelchair 100-metres race with a new Canadian and Championship record of 14.51 seconds. Brent won medals in all four of his individual races this week at the IPC World Championship; three gold (100m, 200m, 400m) and a silver (800m). “I wanted to change some things up after London (Paralympic Games)”, explains Brent. He adds; “I wasn’t content with just getting silvers and wanted to get golds; everything I have done is paying off!”
Michelle Stilwell captured a gold medal today in the T52 wheelchair 100-metres. Crossing the line in 20.45 seconds Michelle claimed her second gold medal of this Championship winning the T52 800-metres yesterday in a World record time. “Any day you get to put on the Canadian singlet (or jersey) and represent your country is a good day”, comments Michelle. She has one event left racing in the T52 200-metres tomorrow.
The men’s T44 ambulatory final saw Jackie Marciano of Halifax, N.S., clock a Canadian record over 400-metres of 53.22 seconds; enough for a fifth place finish. The gold was won by Brazil’s Alan F. Oliveira in a Championship record of 48.58 seconds.
In the men’s T54 wheelchair 1500-metres final Josh Cassidy of Ottawa, Ont., finished in seventh clocking in 3:10.04. Sherbrooke, Que.’s Jean-Paul Compaore finished 11th crossing the line in 3:17.47. The race was won by Switzerland’s Marcel Hug in 3:08.16 claiming his fourth 2013 Championship title.
London, Ont.’s Kevin Strybosch placed 11th in the F37 shot put final registering 11.20 metres. The event was won by Dong Xia of China in a Championship record of 16.15 metres.
Other Canadian results from day seven of the IPC World Championship
Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., qualified for the T34 wheelchair 400-metres final in a personal best of 55.78
Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, Ont., finished second in her T35 ambulatory 200-metres semi final heat to qualify into tomorrow’s final; with a head wind of 3.8 Virginia clocked 34.95 seconds.
Both Ilana Dupont of Clarenceville, Que., and Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., qualified to their respective 400-metres wheelchair finals. Ilana clocked 1:01.07 in the T53 category and Diane timed 57.69 in the T54 race
Westminster, B.C.’s T11 visually impaired team of Dustin Walsh and guide Dylan Williamson were disqualified with a false start in the 400-metres semi final