LONDON- The cool and wet conditions at the London Olympic Stadium didn’t dampen Brent Lakatos’ final day of competition at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships.
The Dorval, Que., native powered through the field over the last 30-metres of the T53 100-metre final to claim his fourth world title of 2017. Lakatos crossed the line in 14.52. The win increased his total to eleven world golds for his career.
"I'm so happy to have got that fourth gold,’’ said Lakatos. ‘’It has been an amazing week and better than I expected. As soon as I walk into this stadium with 20,000 people, I get a smile on my face. It's easy to get the energy up.’’
Lakatos will take time to assess his future
"There is a chance of coming back in 2019 and I hope they keep it here (in London),’’ said the 37-year-old. ‘’When people see that thousands of people are watching and they see the atmosphere, they want to be a part of it."
As a team, Canada finished with a total of nine medals for 15th place overall.
After a tactical first three laps, Liam Stanley of Victoria, B.C., made a strong push to the finish in the men’s T37 1500-metre final on Saturday. His move was matched by eventual winner Michael McKillop of Ireland but Stanley secured the silver medal with a time of 4:37.96. Shayne Dobson of Moncton, N.B., claimed seventh place in 4:46.6.
In great position with 90-metres remaining, Marissa Papaconstantinou of Toronto was slowed by an injury in the women’s T44 200-metre final. Unwilling to give up, the seventeen year-old willed herself on and crossed the line in seventh place.
Gold (4) - Brent Lakatos,T53 100-metres, 200-metres, 400-metres, 800-metres
Silver (2) - Jason Dunkerley, T11 1500-metres; Liam Stanley, T37 1500-metres
Bronze (3) - Alister McQueen, F44 javelin; Ness Murby, F11 javelin; Guillaume Ouellet, T13 5000-metres