LONDON, UK – Canadian track and field athletes recorded a pair of top eight finishes today in athletics competition at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Keira-Lyn Frie of Saskatoon, Sask., and Nathan DeWitt of Surrey, B.C., finished sixth and eighth respectively in the wheelchair T54 and T34 100-metres.
LONDON, UK – The Canadian athletics (track and field) team added three medals to its tally today, two silver and a bronze, bringing the team total to nine thus far at the Paralympic Games (1 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze). Jason Dunkerley and guide runner Josh Karanja, both of Ottawa, Ont., and Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., won silver medals while Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, Ont., won bronze. All three podiums were recorded in new Canadian record times.
LONDON, UK – Canadian track and field athletes recorded a pair of top eight finishes today in athletics competition at the Paralympic Games. Josh Cassidy and Rachael Burrows, both of Ottawa, Ont., finished fifth and sixth respectively in the T54 800-metres and T34 200-metres.
London, UK – Canada’s best track and field finish on day five of action at the Paralympic Games came from Kyle Pettey of Brampton, Ont., in the men’s F34 classification shot put final. Pettey placed sixth with a seasonal best of 11.41-metres. Morocco’s Azeddine Nouiri took gold with a world record throw of 13.10-metres. “I feel pretty good, five guys beat the world record and I registered my second best throw ever so I’m pretty happy.”
London, UK – Today in London at the 2012 Paralympic Games Jason Dunkerley and guide runner Josh Karanja won Canada’s fourth track and field medal. “This is very special, I have a great guy here (guide runner Josh Karanja), we’ve been working together for a few years,” said an ecstatic Dunkerley.
London, UK -Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., won Canada’s third track and field and Canada’s 11th medal overall at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Day three of the track and field competition also saw two new Canadian records and three more top eight performances from Keira-Lyn Frie of Saskatoon, Sask., Alister McQueen of Calgary, Alta.., and Curtis Thom of Mississauga, Ont.
London, UK – Michelle Stilwell of Nanoose Bay, B.C., today won Canada’s second track and field and Canada’s eight medal overall at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Stilwell won gold in the women’s T52 classification 200-metres in a new Paralympic Games record time of 33.80 seconds. “From the beginning the crowd had a roar and the roar kept going, I’m so happy right now, I’ve put everything into this for the last four years. My whole family is here and I couldn’t be happier to share this with them.”
LONDON, UK – Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, Ont., today won Canada’s first track and field medal and Canada’s sixth medal overall at the 2012 Paralympic Games. Day one of track and field competition also saw a new Canadian record, a top eight performance and four athletes through to later rounds.
London, UK – Competition at the 2012 Paralympic Games begins Friday August 31 for the Canadian track and field team comprised of 26 athletes. The team is led by five medallists from the 2008 Paralympic Games. Things officially get underway on Wednesday August 29 with the opening ceremonies live on TSN2 and RDS at 3:30pm eastern time.
“The mindset of the team and support staff is exactly as it should coming out of our preparation camp – focused but relaxed; confident, not arrogant,” said Head Coach Laurier Primeau. “Distractions are being ignored in favor of concentration on relevant training regimens and recovery modalities. As we move into the village I know we will continue with our singular focus and high performance expectations for the Games.”