RIO DE JANEIRO (September 15, 2016) Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., won his third medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and his sixth Paralympic medal overall. In an extremely close finish in the T53 wheelchair 800-metres final, Lakatos edged his competitor at the finish by two-hundredths of a second to secure bronze, he was only twelve-hundredths out of the silver medal position. "I am happy with the bronze. I knew it would be very difficult today. The 800-metres is not my strength, I wasn't able to fight for a position at the beginning. I chose to go in the front so I could control the race a little more. I am happy I could come away from all of that with a bronze. "
Gold – Pongsakom Paeyo, Thailand, 1:40.78
Silver – Pierre Fairbank, France, 1:40.97
Bronze – Brent Lakatos, Canada, 1:41.09
Earlier this week Lakatos won gold in the T53 100-metres, and silver in the 400-metres. He has a shot at a fourth medal at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games in the 4x400-metres relay.
Guillaume Ouellet of Victoriaville, Que., raced to a fourth place finish in the T13 (visual impairment) 5000-metres final. Ouellet crossed the finish line in a time of 14:54.07, “The race didn't go as planned. I had a plan on how to react if a group took an early lead. At 3000-metres in I tried to get back into the top three, but it wasn't enough. Those guys were too good today."
Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., placed seventh in the final of the T54 wheelchair 5000-metres in a time of 11:58.78. The United States swept the podium with Tatyana McFadden taking the win in 11:54.07, Chelsea McClammer came through in second at 11:54.33 and bronze went to Amanda McGrory in 11:54.34. "I feel good; it was a difficult race. The stop and go rhythm was very tiring. In the middle of the race I was wondering if I could hold on. Under those circumtances, I am very happy with my 7th place finish."
Friday September 16 preview
The men’s T53/54 wheelchair 4x400-metres team will be in action tomorrow looking to book their spot into Saturday’s final. The expected relay order is Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., to Curtis Thom of Missisauga, Ont., then Tristan Smyth of Maple Ridge, B.C., and finally Alex Dupont of Clarenceville, Que.
Gold – Brent Lakatos, T53 100m
Gold – Michelle Stilwell, T52 400m
Silver – Brent Lakatos, T53 400m
Silver – Alister McQueen, T44 Javelin
Silver – Liam Stanley, T37 1500m
Bronze – Brent Lakatos, T53 800m
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