Fri, September 20, 2013

More Paralympic bronze for Canada

By QMI Agency

Jason Dunkerley and guide runner Josh Karanja won a bronze medal Monday at the Paralympic Games in London.

The Ottawa duo finished third in the men's visually impaired T11 1,500-metres in four minutes, 7.56 seconds to up Canada's medal count to 13 (three gold, seven silver and three bronze). The race was won by Kenya's Samwel Musahi Kimani and guide James Boit in a world record time of 3:58.37.

"This is very special, I have a great guy here (Karanja), we've been working together for a few years," Dunkerley said. "I was tightening up around the last 100 metres and Josh kept telling me they're coming, we were able to stay ahead of them at the line."

Celebrated Paralympian Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., was fifth in the women's T54 wheelchair 400m while Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., was fifth in the men's T53 wheelchair 100m final.

Norbert Murphy of Vaudreuil-Dorion, Que., took the bronze in the men's individual compound sitting archery Monday, the first medal Canada has won outside of swimming and track and field. Murphy beat Finland's Osmo Kinnunen 7-1 in the bronze-medal match.

In the pool, Amber Thomas of Drayton Valley, Alta., broke one of Canada's longest-standing swimming records en route to a fifth-place finish in the women's S11 100m breaststroke. Thomas finished in 1:36.21 in the race for blind swimmers to break the record of 1:36.98 set by Yvette Weiker at the 1983 Paralympics in New York.

"I'm really thrilled to get the Canadian record," Thomas said. "I felt there was an opportunity to get it after a strong swim in the preliminaries. I just pushed everything harder in the final especially in the last 25 metres to get the time."

In men's wheelchair basketball, Canada finished preliminary-round play with a 5-0 record due to a 68-42 win over Colombia. The women's team finished at 3-1 with a 67-50 win over Great Britain.