Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., won the gold medal in the women's wheelchair marathon on Sunday to conclude the world track and field championships for athletes with a disability in the Netherlands.
Roy won the 42-kilometre race in a Canadian record time of one hour, 44 minutes and 22 seconds to edge Sandra Graf of Switzerland at the finish by a second. Rochelle Woods of Great Britain was third in 1:53:04. Two other medal contenders, Edith Hunkeler of Switzerland and Christina Ripp of the U.S., did not finish.
It was Roy's third medal of the competition.
"It was quite a challenge to finish a week of racing with a marathon but it went super well," said Roy. "I was starting to feel tired at about 30 kilometres.Then we started the sprint to the finish a little early and I wasn't sure whether I could hold on.But when I saw the finish line banner I gave another push.It's great to leave here with a medal of each colour."
In the men's marathon for quadriplegics, Santiago Sanz of Spain won the gold medal in 1:50:35.Dean Bergeron of Quebec City was fifth while Clayton Gerein of Saskatoon did not finish.
In the men's paraplegic wheelchair marathon, Kurt Fearnley of Australia won in a photo finish over Heinz Frei of Switzerland. Both were clocked at 1:28:16.
Alan Bergman of Cobble Hill, B.C., was the top Canadian in 23rd, Michel Filteau of St-Jean-Baptiste, Que., was 26th, Kelly Smith of Kamloops, B.C., was 31st, Mark Ledo of Maple, Ont., was 38th, and Josh Cassidy of Port Elgin, Ont., was 40th.
Canada ends the competition with 17 medals (six gold, five silver and six bronze) for 15th place in the medal standings. China dominated with 55 medals, including 22 gold, while Australia and the U.S. tied at 32 with 16 gold each.
Canada's most successful athletes at the championships were wheelchair racers Chantal Petitclerc of Montreal with four medals (two gold and two silver) while Roy and Bergeron reached the podium three times each.Jason Dunkerley of Hamilton was a double champion in running for visually impaired.
The Canadian gold medallists were: Petitclerc with two (200 and 400-metres), Dunkerley also with two (800 and 1,500 metres) Roy in the marathon and Michelle Stilwell of Nanoose Bay, B.C., in the 200.
Silver medallists were: Petitclerc with two (100 and 800), Roy in the 1,500, Stilwell in the 100 and France GagnÃ© of Quebec City in the javelin.
Bronze medallists were: Bergeron with three (100, 200 and 400), Roy in the 5,000, Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., in the 100 and Robert Hughes of Brampton, Ont., in the shotput.