Canada wins 2 medals at paralympic worlds

September 04, 2006

Canadians captured two more medals Monday at the world track and field championships for athletes with a disability in Assen, Netherlands.

Michelle Stilwell of Nanoose Bay, B.C., overcame equipment problems to win a silver medal in the women's wheelchair 100-metre dash for quadriplegics, while Quebec City's Dean Bergeron added a bronze in the men's 400.


After two days of competition, Canada has four medals (two silver, two bronze).

Pia Schmid of Switzerland prevailed in a close battle over Stilwell, grabbing the gold in 22.11 seconds.

Stilwell, formerly of Canada’s national wheelchair basketball team, took silver in 22.15, despite experiencing a problem with her steering mechanism minutes before the final.

"I only had a minute to check it on the practice track," said Stilwell, who also plans to compete in the 200.

"I was in a panic. Considering the circumstances, I had a great race and, if it had been another five metres, I think I would have passed Pia.

"I had an amazing start and positioned myself well at the 30-metre mark. The result, though, is a surprise for me."

Bergeron failed to match the world record he set last month in Switzerland, settling for third spot in 1:07.43.

Montreal's André Beaudoin finished sixth in 1:09.42.

April Holmes of the United State shattered her own world record in winning the 100 final for amputees in 13.13 seconds.

Stefanie Reid, from Thornhill, Ont., was seventh in 14.10.

Andrea Holmes of West Vancouver placed eighth in 15.17.

Quintuple Paralympic Games champion Chantal Petitclerc of Montreal got into action Monday and was the fastest semifinalist in the women's 100 wheelchair race for paraplegics.

Petitclerc clocked 16.50 seconds to advance to the final.

Keira-Lyn Frie of Saskatoon finished 10th overall and failed to qualify.

Also advancing to finals was Dustin Walsh of Coquitlam, B.C., the top semifinalist in the 400 for the visually impaired.

Walsh qualified in a time of 1:55.58.

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