UPDATED: Guillaume Ouellet wins Canada’s first medal at 2023 World Para Athletics Championships

Canadian Paralympic Committee

July 10, 2023

Stefan Daniel takes gold at World Para Triathlon Series

Ouellet 2023 worlds

PARIS – Guillaume Ouellet of Victoriaville, Que. won Canada’s first medal at the 2023 World Para Athletics Championships on Monday morning with the bronze in the men’s T13 5000m.

It was a third career world championships medal for the 36-year-old visually impaired runner. He won gold in 2015 and was third in 2017.

Yassine El Ataby Ouhdady of Spain won the gold clocking 15 minutes and 16.97 seconds. Jaryd Clifford of Australia was second in 15:18.23, and Ouellet followed in 15:22.85.

”The first two laps were pretty normal, then it slowed down a lot,” said Ouellet. ”It was more tactical than I expected. In the last lap I fought for my position, I knew there was a medal on the inside in the last 200 and I fought as I hard as I can to catch the Kenyan in third place.

”I’m really happy about the plan and happy with the result.”

On Sunday, visually impaired runner Bianca Borgella of Ottawa broke her Canadian record with the second-best time overall in the women’s T13 100m heats in the first full day of action.

Borgella, 20, uncorked a personal best 12.03 seconds in the second of two heats lowering her previous national mark of 12.12 set this past May. She finished behind Lamiya Valiyeva of Azerbaijan who posted a meet record 11.89. Those times were the two fastest in the world this year.

“I felt really confident going into it,” said Borgella. “I was prepared, I went into it with a positive mindset, and the moment I heard the gun, I just went for it. I definitely want to improve on my start and push through the line, and hopefully get gold.”

The world record is 11.79 set by Leilia Adzhametova of Ukraine at the 2016 Paralympic Games.

The final is on Monday at 7:25 p.m. local time or 1:25 p.m. ET.

In other results Sunday, Sarah Mickey of Red Deer, Alta. was eighth in the women’s F55 discus, Charlotte Bolton of Tillsonburg, Ont. ninth in the women’s F41 shotput, and David Bambrick of Wolfville, N.S. in the men’s F37 shotput.

CBC Sports is streaming the event on CBCSports.ca, CBC Gem and the CBC Sports app for mobile devices. The schedule is available here: https://www.cbc.ca/sports/streaming-schedule?sport=Para+Athletics

Daniel triumphs, Frenette adds bronze at World Para Triathlon Series

Canadian Paralympians Stefan Daniel and Kamylle Frenette took gold and bronze Saturday at the World Para Triathlon Series Canadian stop at Parc-Jean-Drapeau in Montreal.

Daniel, a six-time world champion and double Paralympic Games medallist, took top spot in the men’s PS5 clocking 57:24. It was his third career win in Montreal and his sixth straight international victory dating back to June 2022.

Chris Hammer of the U.S. followed in second in 57.37 and Brazil’s Ronan Cordeiro claimed bronze in 57:42.

“I’m happy to secure a win and start my Paris 2024 qualification (period) off really well,” said Daniel, born with bilateral radial club hands “The race was pretty tough. I knew going in that the heat and humidity would be a big factor.”

Daniel was more consistent than his opponents, ranking second in the 750m swim, fourth in the 20 km bike and third in the five km run. Hammer meanwhile was sixth in the swim and could not make up the lost time despite the second-best bike ride and top time in the run.

In the women’s PTS5, American Grace Norman continued her dominance clocking 1:03:06. Lauren Steadman of Great Britain, followed in 1:05:05.

Frenette, who turns 27 this week, battled to the bronze in 1:06.40. She was first after the swim, posted the third best time in the bike, and was second best in the run. It was the same distances for the women.

“Today was all about executing the plan, and I feel like I did that which is a big win,” said Frenette. “I surprised myself on the swim and fell short on the bike but managed to close the gap a bit on the run.”

Winnipeg’s Leanne Taylor was fourth in the women’s wheelchair division and Jessica Tuomela (Sault Ste. Marie, Ont.) and her Victoria-based guide, Emma Skaug, were fifth in the women’s visually impaired race.

In the men’s PTS3, Montreal’s Hicham Boufekane was sixth.


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