September 8, 2008
Quebec's Roy races to
gold on track at Paralympics
BEIJING -- Diane Roy of Hatley, Que., raced to gold
in the women's 5,000 metres Monday to capture Canada's first track
and field medal at the Paralympics.
Valerie Grand Maison of Longueuil, Que., captured her second gold
medal in the pool, winning the women's 400-metre freestyle, while
Chelsey Gotell of Hamilton won bronze. Stephanie Dixon of Victoria
added a bronze in the women's 100 freestyle.
Equestrian Lauren Barwick of Langley, B.C., earned a silver in
the individual championship test, boosting Canda's medal total to
nine -- three gold, two silver and four bronze -- after the second
day of competition.
Forty-one medals were awarded on Monday, the second day of the
Paralympics. China leads with 28 medals overall, including eight
gold. The United States also has eight gold medals and 17 overall.
South African swimmer Natalie Du Toit won her second gold in two
days, winning the 100 freestyle after taking the 100 butterfly on
Sunday. She's attempting to win five gold medals in Beijing.
At the Bird's Nest stadium, Roy won the 5,000 in a personal-best
time of 11 minutes 54.03 seconds.
Kyle Pettey of Brampton, Ont., was 10th in the men's discus with
a throw of 30.26 metres.
Jean Paul Compaore of Sherbrooke, Que., and Colin Mathieson of
Winnipeg advanced to the next round in the men's 400 metres. Josh
Cassidy of Port Elgin, Ont., advanced in the men's 5,000 metres,
while Michel Filteau of St. Jean Baptiste, Que., and Mark Ledo of
Maple, Ont., did not advance.
Ottawa's Jason Dunkerley failed to move on in the men's 800 metres.
Oscar Pistorius began his bid to win three Paralympic gold medals,
clocking the fastest time Monday in heats of the 100 metres.
The South African, who failed in an attempt to qualify for the
Beijing Olympics, ran a personal-best time of 11.16 seconds in the
sprint. Pistorius, known as the "Blade Runner" because
of the prosthetic legs he runs on, will also run the 200 and 400,
hoping to better his performance from the 2004 Athens Paralympics
where he won a gold and bronze.
In cycling, Daniel Chalifour of Lac-des-Ecorces, Que., and his
guide Alexandre Cloutier of St-Antoine-de-Tilly, Que., finished
seventh in the men's kilo para-cycling final for tandems at the
"We're relatively satisfied with the performance," said
Chalifour, who lost 95 per cent of his vision.
"The top teams in this event specialize solely on the kilo.
We had a couple of pursuit races in us from (Sunday) and in the
last lap today we had no juice left."
Anthony Kappes and Barney Storey of Britain clocked a world record
1:02.864 for the gold medal, while Chalifour and Cloutier finished
Brian Cowie of Burnaby, B.C., and his guide Devon Smibert of Calgary
were eighth in 1:07.721 and Stephane Cote of Quebec City and his
guide Pierre-Olivier Boily of Roberval, Que., were 13th.
In the men's individual pursuit, Eric Bourgault of Orford, Que.,
and Mark Breton of Charlesbourg, Que., were eliminated in the qualifying