Canadian wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos didn’t mince his words when asked about his goals for the 100-country 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships which reached the halfway point today in Doha, Qatar.
“They (opponents) can forget about the gold medal,” the Dorval, Que., resident told Sportcom. “They can fight for silver. I’m so confident and ready for these world championships.”
There have been no negative effects from the post-it-on-the-locker-room-door material for Lakatos. He has produced gold medal performances in both the 100-m and 200-m races in the T53 category so far, with two more races still to come this week.
Canada added two more medals today to increase its total to six so far at the worlds. Jason Dunkerley of Ottawa took silver in the T11 5000-m and Renee Foessel of Mississauga added bronze in the F38 discus with Jennifer Brown of Calgary fourth.
Earlier at the meet, visually impaired athlete Ness Murby of Salt Spring Island took silver in the F11 javelin and Becky Richter of Saskatoon added a bronze in the T51 club throw.
In the 100-m last Thursday, (Oct. 22), Lakatos clocked a championship record 14.38 seconds. Second place finisher Li Huzhao of China was more than a half second behind.
“I was really pleased with the 100-m race,” said Lakatos, a quadruple champion at the 2013 worlds in Lyon, France. “I wasn’t expecting a fast time like that. It’s one of my fastest times ever. I thought the track was a little bit slow, but obviously it can’t be that bad. The conditions were great.”
Two days later, Oct. 24, he took the 200-m race in 25.79 with Ponsakorn Paeyo of Thailand second in 26.97 and Jean-Philippe Maranda of Montreal sixth. Lakatos goes for gold this week in the 400-m tomorrow and the 800-m Oct. 29.
“The goal is to win events and show everyone what they are up against for Rio.”
It’s also been a solid meet for Ilana Dupont of Saskatoon who has reached three finals. She was fifth in the T53 200-m, sixth in the 100-m and seventh in the 400-m.
Canada has fielded a 35 –member team for the worlds including 15 gold medallists from the Parapan American Games. All 70 hours of competition is being streamed live on-line by cbc.ca at http://www.cbc.ca/sports/trackandfield/ipc-athletics-world-championships...
Full results at: http://www.paralympic.org/doha-2015/schedule-results
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