Sunday proved to be an exciting day on the track for team Canada. During the morning session, Guillaume Ouellet of Victoriaville, Que., kept the leaders in his sights and unleashed a massive kick over the final 400-metres of the T13 5000-metre final. While his championship title defense came up short, Ouellet’s time of 14:23.24 set a North American record and won him the bronze.
Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., had a busy day of racing with two heats and two finals on Sunday. In the men’s T53 200-metre final, Lakatos took home gold by the slimmest of margins. Thousdands of a second separated Lakatos and Paeyo of Thailand. “"It doesn't get much closer than that. I didn't know that I had won until I looked up at the screen,” said the seven-time world champion.
Their shared time of 25.29 set a new championship record in the discipline. The gold medal is the thirteenth medal Lakatos has won in World Para Athletics Championship competition. Later in the evening session, Lakatos placed fifth in the men’s T54 1500-metre final.
In the men’s T38 800-metres, Liam Stanley of Victoria, B.C. ran bravely near the front throughout the final. Stanley clung onto second place going into the final stages of the race. About 15 metres from the finish and trying to hang onto a podium spot, Stanley lost his footing and tumbled to the track. The fall cost him a spot on the podium but Stanley rose to his feet and finished the race in seventh place.
Diane Roy of Lac-des-Aigles, Que., grabbed the last qualifying spot in the women’s T54 400m final which will take place on Monday evening. Tristan Smyth of Maple Ridge, B.C. and Alex Dupont of Clarenceville, Que., competing in the heats of the men’s T54
Kyle Whitehouse of St. Catherines, Ont., will get things started on Monday in the heats of the men’s T38 200-metres. He will be followed by the youngest member of the Canadian World Para Athletics Championships squad, 17 year-old Marissa Papaconstantinou of Toronto in the T44 100-metre heats.
Alex Dupont of Clarenceville, Que., and Tristan Smyth of Maple, Ridge, B.C., will take the track in the T54 800-metres. Thomas Des Brisay of Kanata, Ont., and Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., will each contest finals on Monday evening.
ET Name Event Round
6:30 Kyle Whitehouse 200m T38 Heats
7:28 Marissa Papaconstantinou 100m T44 Heats
7:46 Alex Dupont, Tristan Smyth 800m T54 Heats
15:20 Marissa Papaconstantinou 100m T44 FINAL*
15:57 Diane Roy 400m T54 FINAL
16:05 Thomas Des Brisay 1500m T20 FINAL
16:31 Alex Dupont, Tristan Smyth 800m T54 FINAL*
16:47 Austin Smeenk 400m T34 FINAL