Led by a quadruple medal performance by Brent Lakatos – including three gold - Canada collected 11 medals from October 22-31 at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships.
Lakatos was one of three competitors to finish tied for second with the most individual medals behind Russia’s Margarita Goncharova, who stepped five times on the podium. The 35-year-old Lakatos prevailed for gold in the T53 100-m, 200-m and 800-m wheelchair races and won silver in the 400-m.
In his 800-m win, Lakatos used a strategy from Canada’s Chef de Mission for Rio 2016 and 21-time Paralympic Games medallist, Chantal Petitclerc.
"That was the scariest race I’ve ever done,” said Lakatos about the 800-m. “I was inspired by a strategy that Chantal Petitclerc used in Beijing in 2008, just go, open a gap and hope they can’t catch you. That’s what I did and I was scared the whole way.”
Canada’s fourth gold was earned by Guillaume Ouellet of Victoriaville in the T13 5000-m for visually impaired. He took a very different approach in the T13 5000-metres final. Ouellet was content to let others set the early pace in the hot Qatari evening.
"It is incredible, it is a dream come true,” he said. “To be world champion, you never know if it will happen for you, and it did. I am very, very happy.”
Canada finished 15th in the medal standings with four gold, four silver and three bronze. China, Russia and the U.S. were 1-2-3. In the points standings, based on top-eight finishes Canada ranked 13th with 37 top-eights.
Canadian medalists at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships
- Brent Lakatos, Dorval, Que., men’s T53 100-m
- Brent Lakatos, Dorval, Que., men’s T53 200-m
- Brent Lakatos, Dorval, Que., men’s T53 800-m
- Guillaume Ouellet, Victoriaville, Que., men’s T13, 5000-m
- Ness Murby, Salt Spring Island, women’s F11 javelin
- Jason Dunkerley, Ottawa and Josh Karanja, Ottawa (guide) men’s T11 5000-m
- Brent Lakatos, Dorval, Que., men’s T53 400-m
- Pamela LeJean, Halifax, women’s F53 shot put
- Becky Richter, Saskatoon, women’s F51 club throw
- Renee Foessel, Orangeville, Ont., women’s F38 discus
- Jason Roberts, Toronto, men’s F34 discus
Full results at: http://www.paralympic.org/doha-2015/schedule-results
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