Stilwell and Lakatos have
silver touch at Paralympic Games
September 5, 2012 – Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., and Michelle
Stilwell of Nanoose Bay, B.C., each won silver medals today,
Canada's fifth and sixth medals on this the sixth day of track and
field competition at the 2012 Paralympic Games.
Lakatos finished second in the men's T53 classification wheelchair
800-metres in a personal best time of 1:41.24. "This was a
little bit of a tactical race but it was also very fast. A day's
rest was helpful; 800-metres is not my strongest race but I'll take
a silver medal any day". He adds, "I'm really looking
forward to the 200-metres". This is Brent's second silver medal
at these Games having also placed second in the 400-metres.
A little bit later in the same competition session Michelle
Stilwell finished second to take silver in the women's
T54 wheelchair 100-metres. Stilwell crossed the finish line just
behind Belgium's Marieke Vervoort in 19.80 seconds. Vervoort won
the race in 19.69 seconds."I gave everything I had. My start
wasn't good but my top speed was, the competition is getting harder
and harder." She adds, "I'm glad I got a silver and will
go back to my family now to celebrate." This is her fourth
Paralympic medal and her second at these Games after winning gold
this past weekend in the 200-metres.
The men's 4x100-metres visually impaired relay team of Brandon
King and guide Andrew Heffernan, both of Ottawa, Ont., Braedon Dolfo
of Langley, B.C., Jonathan Dunkerley of Ottawa, Ont., with guide
Sean Young of Peterborough, Ont., and Dustin Walsh of Coquitlam,
B.C., with guide Dylan Williamson of Langley, B.C., finished sixth
overall in a time of 44.90 seconds.
In the women's T54 wheelchair 800-metres final Diane Roy
of Sherbrook, Que., crossed the line in 1:54.90 for seventh overall.
Tomorrow Diane shifts her attention to the heats of the 1500-metres
along with teammate Keira-Lyn Frie of Saskatoon,
Sask., at 12:29pm local time (7:29am eastern time)
Josh Cassidy of Ottawa, Ont., will race in the men's T54 800-metres
final tomorrow evening at 9:16pm local time (4:16pm eastern time).
Josh finished fourth in his heat today in a seasonal best time of
1:38.24. "The 800-metres isn't my race, but I'm glad of the
way it turned out today, it was really close." He adds, "Tomorrow
will be another attempt for me in a final before the marathon on
It was a busy day for Alexandre Dupont of Bradwell, Sask., who
raced in the men's T54 wheelchair 400 and 800-metre heats. Dupont
finished third in his heat in the 400-metres in 51.17 seconds and
sixth in the 800-metres in 1:39.73, but it was not enough to advance
to either events final.
Curtis Thom of Mississauga, Ont., and Colin Mathieson of Winnipeg,
Man., also raced in the men's T54 wheelchair 800-metres finishing
fifth in 48.57 seconds and sixth in 51.17 seconds. Neither advanced
to the final.