Whitehouse, Smeenk advance to paralympic final

athletics_canadaLyon, France – Two athletes from the Golden Horseshoe area have advanced to the finals of their events at the 2013 International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Championship.

Kyle Whitehouse, of St. Catharines, set a personal best of 24.16 seconds in the semi-finals of the T38 classification 200-metres to qualify for his final.

Oakville’s Austin Smeenk crossed the line in 17 seconds even in the first semi-final of the T34 100-metres to advance to his final.

Other Canadians finding themselves in position for gold include:

Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., who has already won gold and silver. His hopes for a third medal rest in the T53 wheelchair 200-metres final after setting an IPC record of 26 seconds; in the semi-finals of the men’s T54 wheelchair 200-metres, Colin Mathieson of Winnipeg, and Curtis Thom of Ottawa, qualified for the final. Mathieson auto-qualified placing second in his semi-final heat in a time of 26.32 seconds. Thom qualified on time with a seasonal best of 25.67, good for third in his semi; and Josh Cassidy of Ottawa, placed third in his T54 wheelchair 5,000m semi-final in a seasonal best of 10:22.89 to auto-qualify for the final. .

Canadian athletes have won five medals after four days of competition at the world championship. In addition to Lakatos’s gold and silver; Virginia McLachlan of Windsor, Ont., and Becky Richter of Saskatoon, each won silver and Jean-Paul Compaore of Sherbrooke, Que., has won bronze. Competition continues through to Sunday July 28.

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