Para athletics weekend wrap up: Gold and bronze from Lakatos and Ouellet

July 17, 2017

Sunday (July 16) proved to be an exciting day on the track for Team Canada with bronze and gold at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championship in London, England.

During the morning session, world champion Guillaume Ouellet of Victoriaville, Que., kept the leaders in his sights and unleashed a massive kick over the final 400 metres of the T13 5000-metre final. While his championship title defense came up short, Ouellet’s time of 14:23.24 set a North American record and won him the bronze.

Video: Guillaume Ouellet – bronze in 5000m T13:


Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., had a busy day of racing with two heats and two finals yesterday. In the men’s T53 200-metre final, Lakatos took home gold by the slimmest of margins. Thousands of a second separated Lakatos and Paeyo of Thailand.

“It doesn't get much closer than that,” said Lakatos, a seven-time world champion. “I didn't know that I had won until I looked up at the screen.”

Their shared time of 25.29 set a new championship record in the discipline. The gold medal is the 13th medal Lakatos has won in World Para Athletics Championship competition. Later in the evening session, Lakatos placed fifth in the men’s T54 1500-metre final.

Video: Brent Lakatos - gold in 200m T53:




In the men’s T38 800-metres, Liam Stanley of Victoria, B.C. ran bravely near the front throughout the final. Stanley clung onto second place going into the final stages of the race. About 15 metres from the finish and trying to hang onto a podium spot, he lost his footing and tumbled to the track. The fall cost him a spot on the podium, but Stanley rose to his feet and finished the race in seventh place.


On Saturday (July 15), Austin Smeenk of Oakville, Ont., had Canada’s top result. Smeenk crossed the line in the men’s T34 100-metre final in fourth position. HIs time of 15.85 set a new North American record for the T34 100-metres.

In the women’s T53 women’s 200-metre final, Canada was represented by Illana Dupont of Saskatoon, Sask., and Jessica Frotten of Whitehorse, Y.T. Frotten’s 31.81 effort earned her sixth, while Dupont would finish one spot back in seventh.

Canadians in finals later today include (all times ET):


Marissa Papaconstantinou

100m T44



Diane Roy

400m T54



Thomas Des Brisay

1500m T20



Austin Smeenk

400m T34



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