Canada’s Stilwell and 4x400m win Gold on four medal day at IPC Worlds

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Emily Hooper

July 27, 2013, Lyon, France (ISN) – Today marked Canada’s largest single day medal haul at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championship. Team Canada took four medals today in Lyon, France.

Michelle Stilwell of Nanoose Bay, B.C., took gold, her third gold medal of this World Championship. The men’s 4×400-metres wheelchair relay team also captured gold while Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, Ont., and Pamela Le Jean of Halifax, N.S., won silver and bronze respectively.

Michelle Stilwell won gold in the women’s T52 wheelchair 200-metres in a new Championship Record of 35.71 seconds. Stilwell also won gold in the T52 classification wheelchair 100 and 800-metres.

The men’s T53/54 classification wheelchair 4×400-metre relay team was also golden on day eight of the IPC World Championship. Brent Lakatos of Dorval Que., Curtis Thom of Ottawa, Ont., Jean-Paul Compaore of Sherbrooke, Que., and Alex Dupont of Clarenceville, Que., combined for the win in a new World Championship Record of 3:11.33. Alex Dupont on the win, “We’ve been training hard together for a long time, it really paid off today, it was a true team effort”.

Virginia McLachlan won her second silver medal at the championship, this time in the T35 ambulatory 200-metres. She crossed the finish line in a new Area and Canadian Record of 34.03 seconds. Gold went to Oxana Corso of Italy. “I’m closer to Oxana (in time) and that is what I was aiming for today,” explains Virginia.

In the women’s F52 and F53 mixed classification shot put Pamela Le Jean won bronze with a personal best throw of 4.46-metres. “I am honoured to win a medal for my country”, comments Pamela. She adds: “To be on this list of medalists is surreal.” Martha Sandoval Gustafson of Toronto, Ont., placed fifth with 3.79-metres. Gold was won by Cassie Mitchell of the United States in a Championship Record of 5.79-metres, silver went to Svitlana Stetsyuk of the Ukraine with a throw of 4.77-metres.

Other Canadian Results today

Sherbrooke, Que.’s Diane Roy finished sixth in the T54 wheelchair 400-metres final in 57.82 seconds.

Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., placed sixth place in the T34 wheelchair 400-metres final with a time of 56.77.

Ilana Dupont of Clarenceville, Que., placed seventh in the T53 wheelchair 400-metres final in 1:01.83.

Kenneth Trudgeon of London, Ont., was eighth in the F46 ambulatory discus final with a throw of 37.27-metres.

Sarnia, Ont’s Robert Hughes placed 15th in the F32/33/34 seated discus with a mark of 17.60-metres.

Tomorrow is the last day of competition at the 2013 IPC World Athletic Championship and will feature the men’s and women’s T54-classification wheelchair marathon. Josh Cassidy of Ottawa, Ont., and Jean-Paul Compaore of Sherbrooke, Que., will take to the start line in the men’s race at 3:45 a.m. eastern time. Keira-Lyn Frie of Saskatoon, SK competes in the women’s race at 3:46 a.m. eastern time.

Canada enters last day of competition with 15 medals including 7 Gold

Men’s 4x400m RelayT53/54 – Gold (Brent Lakatos, Curtis Thom, Jean-Paul Compaore and Alex Dupont)

Brent Lakatos T53 – Gold (100m, 200m & 400m), Silver (800m)

Michelle Stilwell T52 – Gold (100m, 200m & 800m)

Becky Richter F51 – Silver (Discus & Club Throw)

Virginia McLachlan T35 – Silver (100m & 200m)

Jean-Paul Compaore T54 – Bronze (10000m)

Ilana Dupont T53 – Bronze (100m)

Pamela Le Jean F53 – Bronze (Shot Put)

With one day remaining Team Canada surpassed its medal tally of 12 from the last edition of the IPC World Championships held in 2011. For all Team Canada information including live stream information and live results visit www.worlds2013.athletics.ca  

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