The Canadian athletics team recorded a pair of podiums in the morning session of day four of competition at the Paralympic Games. Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., won silver in the T53 400-metres while Liam Stanley of Victoria, B.C., won silver in the T37 1500-metres.
Brent Lakatos won his second medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games. After winning gold in the 100-metres, Lakatos won silver today in the T53 wheelchair 400-metres in a Canadian record time of 48.53 seconds. Lakatos still has the 800-metres coming up, as well as the 4x400-metres. “I am quite happy with my race. If you would have told me going in that I would have done my fastest time ever I would have been pretty excited about that. Unfortunately, there is a new guy who is pushing extremely fast, faster than he ever did and my hat is off to him. He was amazing.”
Liam Stanley ran a time of 4:16.72 to secure the silver medal in the T37 1500-metres, “The race went well, a little faster than I expected. I just tried to hold on to the Irish athlete (eventual gold medallist). I stayed with the game plan and just executed. “
Shayne Dobson of Campbellton, N.B., ran a personal best of 4:21.06 to place fifth, “I recorded a personal best in this race. I came fifth, defending my fifth rank from the World Championships. I can’t really complain. It was hot out there and I did the best I could for Canada.”
Guillaume Ouellet of Victoriaville, Que., finished ninth in the T13 visually impaired 1500-metres final in a personal best of 3:57.98, “I had a great race, it was the race of my life in the 1500-metres. I am happy and it shows that I am ready for the 5000-metres in a few days.”
Josh Cassidy of Guelph, Ont., placed 10th in the T54 wheelchair 5000-metres final in a time of 11:09.42.
Jason Dunkerley and Josh Karanja of Ottawa, Ont., finished second in the third heat of the T11 visually impaired 1500-metres to advance to Tuesday’s final. They crossed the line in 4:14.99. “It was a difficult race but we had our plan that we had discussed with our coach to get up hard and to get in a good position. That is what we did today. The competition is so much stronger than when I started 18 years ago, we’re just happy to still be in the mix and that we’re going forward to the final.”
Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., made the best of his Paralympic Games debut finishing second in heat one of the T34 wheelchair 100-metres and has qualified for tomorrow’s final. “The race went well. We did what we set out to do. I will turn it up tomorrow for the final.”
Curtis Thom of Mississauga, Ont., placed fifth in heat one of the T54 wheelchair 400-metres in 47.93, he did not advance to the final. Alex Dupont of Clarenceville, Que., raced to a sixth place finish in heat two in a time of 49.28. He also did not qualify for the final.
Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., finished fourth in the first heat of the women’s T54 wheelchair 400-metres in 57.29, she did not qualify for the final in the evening session.
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