LONDON (from Sportcom and Athletics Canada) – Canada’s Brent Lakatos added a second gold medal on Tuesday (July 18, 2017) with a victory in the men’s 400-m wheelchair race to highlight a three-medal day for Canada at the world championships in Para athletics.
The 37-year-old from Dorval, Que., broke his championship record in the process clocking 47.56 seconds eclipsing the 49.02 he set four years ago in Lyon, France.
Thailand’s Pongsakorn Paeyo took the silver in 47.97 and Pierre Fairbank of France was third in 48.91. It was the same order of finish earlier in the championships in the 200m.
‘’I’m surprising myself,’’ said Lakatos. ‘’It’s like a magical season. I’m 37-years-old and I’ve posted five personal bests in all the distances from the 100m to the 1500m. It wasn’t expected and I’m really pleased with this season.’’
Lakato said he was surprised because the weather conditions were less than ideal.
‘’There was a lot of wind outside the stadium and the wind was weird on the track,’’ he said. ‘’My top end speed was not very fast but I was able to hold it until the end. The track was faster than in 2015 (at the Doha worlds) but to be two seconds faster is a surprise.’’
Thanks to a great start, Lakatos achieved his top speed on the first straightaway. He attacked the final turn at full speed and maintained his distance on his closest rival.
‘’It’s a post Paralympic season and there are some guys missing although the racers from Thailand and France are very strong and won several medals in Rio.’’
Alister McQueen of Calgary and Ness Murby of Salt Spring Island, B.C., each won a bronze medal to increase the Canadian medal count to a total of five thus far in London.
McQueen stepped up with a big second round throw in the F44 men’s javelin final. The throw set a North American record of 55.74m and was good enough to claim bronze in the competition that saw the world record broken by Akeem Stewart of Trinidad and Tobago.
A personal best toss from Murby of 23.69m in the women’s F11 javelin landed her a spot on the podium.
Competition continues through to Sunday.
Live coverage of all track and field events available for broadcast involving Canadians is being streamed online at facebook.com/CDNParalympics.
Coverage schedule (all times Eastern Time) is posted at http://paralympic.ca/news-and-events/news/canadian-paralympic-committee-to-feature-coverage-of-2017-world-para-athletics