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Smeenk places fourth and sets 100m record; Podium favourites Lakatos, Stanley look to earn Canada’s first medal of the championships

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Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., was Canada’s top placer on Saturday at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships. Smeenk crossed the line in the men’s T34 100-metre final in fourth position. HIs time of 15.85 set a new North American record for the T34 100-metres.

In the women’s T53 women’s 200-metre final, Canada was represented by Illana Dupont of Saskatoon, Sask., and Jessica Frotten of Whitehorse, Y.T. Frotten’s 31.81 effort earned her sixth, while Dupont would finish one spot back in the seventh place spot.

Diane Roy of Lac-des-Aigles, Que., took part in the morning heats of the T54 1500-metres. She registered the 13th fastest time of the morning and did not advance to the event final.

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A pair of Canada’s Paralympic individual medallists from Rio 2016 will take to the track looking to earn medals. Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., has won a total of 12 World Para Athletics Championship medals. He will compete in the men’s T53/T54 1500 metres and look to defend his T53 200-metre world title.

Liam Stanley of Victoria, B.C., looked strong on Friday in the heat’s of the men’s T38 800-metres. Stanley, who won silver in the T38 1500-metres at the 2016 Paralympic Games, looks ready to challenge for gold in the shorter discipline. 

Guillaume Ouellet of Victoriaville, Que., is the defending World Para Athletic champion in the T13 classification of the 5000-metres. Ouellet has looked in great form in 2017, running 14:24.77 in June and is currently ranked #1 in the world.

ET Name Event Round
5:15 Alex Dupont, Brent Lakatos, Tristan Smyth, 1500m T54 Heats
7:10 Guillaume Ouellet 5000m, T13 FINAL
7:35 Brent Lakatos, 200m T53 Heats
14:30 Diane Roy, 400m T54 Heats
14:50 Brent Lakatos, 200m T53 FINAL*
16:15 Liam Stanley, 800m T38 FINAL*
16:45 Alex Dupont, Brent Lakatos, Tristan Smyth, 1500m T54 FINAL*

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