Dupont, Lakatos and Whitehouse win gold at Parapan American Games

August 13, 2015

TORONTO (August 13, 2015)- Alexandre Dupont and his wife Ilana Dupont of Clarenceville, Que., combined for three medals in athletics on Thursday and each will have something to brag about when they get home.

Alexandre Dupont earned one of Canada’s three gold medals with a victory in the men’s T54 800-m wheelchair race.  Dupont clocked one minute and 40.67 seconds for the victory edging compatriot Josh Cassidy of Port Elgin, Ont., second in 1:41.18.

The initial race was marred by a crash which forced a rerun later on in the evening.

“I’m happy with my race,” said Dupont.  “I think I showed I’m number-one here in this event.”

“I was happy to have a rerun,” said Cassidy. “You want to have a race where nobody crashes.  Alex had a good position in both races and finished strong so well deserved for him.”

Canada’s other athletics gold was earned by Kyle Whitehouse of London, Ont., in the T38 200-m. Whitehouse clocked a Games record 23.66 seconds in the eight-man final for his second podium trip of the Games.

Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., opened the day’s action with a victory in the T53 800-m wheelchair race for his second gold this week.  He’ll go for the hat trick in Friday’s 400-m

Ilana Dupont didn’t win gold but she did reach the podium twice.  She took silver in the T53 200-m wheelchair race with Jessica Frotten of Whitehorse third.  Dupont added a bronze in the T53 800-m.

“I’m really excited to be on the podium with Jessica,” said Dupont. “She’s someone I’ve seen improve over the years and I was really hoping we could share a moment like this.”

 “I’m super happy to be on the podium with Ilana, she’s someone I really admire in racing,” said Frotten.