LONDON (Athletics Canada) Boxed in with 500-metres to go, Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., wasn’t about to be denied his tenth world championship title. Lakatos found an opening with 300-metres to go and powered away to win the men’s T53 800-metre final in 1:40.14. “It feels great…Everything is just going amazing in here,” explained Lakatos.
And he’s still got one more distance to race, the 100-metres and Lakatos is excited to see what he can do. “The 100 is still my most favourite so I am looking forward to it. It is gonna be a good race on Sunday,” said Lakatos.
Renée Foessel of Orangeville, Ont., set a North American record of 30.88m in the second round of the women’s F38 discus. Going into the final round, Foessel sat in bronze medal position. A final round throw by Li Yingli of China bumped her off the podium and Foessel’s final throw wasn’t quite enough to claim a medal. Jennifer Brown of Calgary, placed sixth in the competition with a best throw of 27.46m.
Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., went to the front early in the men’s T34 800-metre final. A valiant effort from the young racer, but it was tough going over the final 200-metres as Smeenk finished in ninth place.
Jason Dunkerley and guide Jérémie Venne will take to the track in the men’s T11 1500-metre final on Friday. The duo looked strong in their qualifying section and will take their shot at the podium.
Kyle Whitehouse of St. Catherines, Ont., will go in the heats of the men’s T38 100-metre heats. Ranked #10 Whitehouse will be looking to earn a spot in the Friday night’s final. Austin Smeenk is ranked #4 in the men’s T34 200-metres and looks to earn his first ever worlds podium finish.
ET Name Event Round
14:10 Kyle Whitehouse 100m T38 Heats
15:43 Jason Dunkerley 1500m T11 FINAL
15:53 Austin Smeenk 200m T34 FINAL
16:03 Kyle Whitehouse 100m T38 FINAL
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