Gold rush for Canadian sprinter at Toronto’s Invictus Games

Three golds in athletics for retired master corporal Natacha Dupuis at Toronto's Invictus Games

Natacha Dupuis
Natacha Dupuis
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Natacha Dupuis ran to a hat-trick of gold medals at the Invictus Games in Toronto.

The 38-year-old former master corporal with the Canadian Forces and co-captain of the Canadian team at the Invictus Games won gold in the IT6/IT7 100m, 200m and 400m on Monday. The Gatineau, Que. ran 13.35 for 100m, 27.71 for 200m and 1:06.15 for 400m at the Games for military servicemen and women.

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Photo: Invictus Games Toronto 2017 @InvictusToronto.

She increased her medal count from the 2016 Invictus Games when she won two gold in athletics in Orlando, Fla. (She won a third medal in weightlifting that year.) The Invictus Games, a multi-sport event featuring upwards of 550 competitors, began on Sept. 23 and continue to Sept. 30.

Several notable figures made appearances at York Lions Stadium including Prince Harry, who helped create the Games, Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan and Andre De Grasse, who presented medals on Monday. It was at the York Stadium that three-time Olympic medallist De Grasse burst onto the athletics scene globally winning two golds at the 2015 Pan Am Games.

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Athletics took place Sept. 24-25 with other sporting events continuing throughout the week until the closing ceremony in the Ontario capital.