September 27, 2004
Fifth gold for Chantal Petitclerc
ATHENS - Chantal Petitclerc of Montreal won her fifth gold medal
on Monday to conclude a great performance by the Canadian track
and field team at the 2004 Paralympic Games.
In the women’s 200 wheelchair race for paraplegics, Petitclerc
clocked 28.95 seconds for her fifth win at the Games. She also won
the 100, 400 and 1,500- all in world record time- the 800- in a
Games record- over the past nine days.
“I probably needed a little wind to help me get the world
record today,” said Petitclerc, 34, who missed the world mark
by 0.16 seconds. “But five gold medals, I’m still in
a bit of shock. That was my objective and to get some world records
on top of that was a bonus.”
Jessica Matassa of Windsor, Ont., was fifth in 30.93.
Other Canadian medal winners in track and field at the Games were
Chelsea Clark of Mississauga, Ont., and Lisa Franks of Saskatoon
with two gold each, Chelsea Lariviere of Mountain, Ont., Diane Roy
of Hatley, Que., with two bronze, and Matassa, Courtney Knight of
Burnaby, B.C., France Gagné of Alma, Que., all with one bronze
Reprinted with permission