The Para World Championships start tomorrow in Dubai, and Canada has high hopes for some hardware. Two years ago in London, wheelchair racer Brent Lakatos brought home four gold medals, bringing his world titles to 11, and contributing to nine medals overall for Canada. You can follow the action on cbcsports.ca, starting Thursday night at 12:25 a.m. ET. Here’s the schedule.
☝️ more day until the 2019 World @ParaAthletics Championships in Dubai 🇦🇪!
Action gets underway tomorrow November 7 at 10 a.m. ET/ 7 a.m. PT 👀 pic.twitter.com/Vxy1iUVS9D
— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) November 6, 2019
In Para athletics, wheelchair racing has seven classifications according to the degree of limitation resulting from an athlete’s impairment. For example, T32-T34 and T35-T38 refer to co-ordination impairments including hypertonia, ataxia and athetosis (involuntary movement of the muscles). T51 to T54 refers to limb deficiency, leg length difference, limited muscle power or range of movement. For more information on athlete classification, click here.
Canadians to watch
Brent Lakatos–T53 400m
Ilana Dupont–this is the fifth para world championships for the Team Canada co-captain, two-time Paralympian and Canadian T53 100m record-holder, who won the title at Canadian nationals in Montreal this year and who won bronze in 2013
Diane Roy–T54 5,000m
Guillaume Ouellet–T13 3,000m
Liam Stanley–T37 400m
Nate Riech–T38 1,500m
Marissa Papaconstantinou–T64 100m
Zachary Gingras–T38 400m
The full schedule is available here.
This is great news! As an athlete I hope the marathon stays in Tokyo. We can prepare for the conditions. Also, for wheelchair athletes competing on the track the day(s) before, travel to a new location would be very difficult. @Paralympics @ParaAthletics https://t.co/gYcY8t9MmJ
— Brent Lakatos (@BrentLak) October 31, 2019
In other Para news, the International Paralympic Committee announced last week that unlike the Olympic marathons, which have been moved from Tokyo to Sapporo, the Paralympic marathon, scheduled for September 8, 2020 (the final day of competition) will “likely” remain in Tokyo alongside the other Para events. The date is a month later than the Olympic marathon, when temperatures and humidity are anticipated to be significantly lower. The Olympic endurance events are to be held in Sapporo, 800 kilometres from Tokyo, it was announced recently–a move that has been roundly criticized by local officials in Tokyo and by athletes like Canada’s 50K race walk world bronze medallist, Evan Dunfee, who has been outspoken in his criticism of the decision.