Canadians Lakatos, McLachlan pick up silver


athletics_canadaLYON, France – Brent Lakatos of Dorval, QC., and Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, ON., each won silver medals Monday at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics World Championship. The silver was Lakatos’ second medal at the event having won gold Sunday in the 400-metres.

In the T53 classification wheelchair 800-metres Lakatos won silver in a time of 1:43.43.

McLachlan captured silver in the women’s T35 ambulatory 100-metres with a new Area and Canadian Record of 16.07 seconds to improve the records she set Sunday in the semi final (16.13).

Rachael Burrows of Barrie, ON., and Kyle Whitehouse of St. Catharines, ON, finished seventh in their respective 100-metre finals. Rachael clocked in at 21.74 in the women’s wheelchair T34 classification while Kyle ran 11.82 in the T38 ambulatory category.

In the women’s T53 800-metres wheelchair semi final Ilana Dupont of Saskatoon, finished just outside of qualifying for the final but did cross the finish line in a new Canadian Record of 1:58.43.

Oakville, ON’s Austin Smeenk finished seventh in the T34 wheelchair 200-metres final in 33.91 seconds.

In the men’s T54 wheelchair 800-metres final Jean-Paul Compaore of Sherbrooke, Que., finished sixth in 1:41.26 while Josh Cassidy of Ottawa was eighth in 1:44.16.

Alister McQueen of Calgary, Alta., qualified for the final in the men’s T44 ambulatory 100-metres. His time of 11.64 secured his spot in a World Record setting semi final.

Diane Roy of Sherbrooke finished third in her heat, 1:54.44, of the T54 wheelchair 800-metres semi final to qualify to tomorrow’s final.