Diane Roy captures three medals in New Zealand
After competing in the Paralympic track and field World Championships, held in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week, wheelchair athlete Diane Roy will be bringing home two silver medals and a bronze.
The week-long competition got off to a bad start for the athlete from Hatley during her first race, the 5000 metre, which was held on Saturday, January 22nd. It rained heavily before and during the 5000 metre race, one of Ms. Roy’s strengths, soaking the track. American Amanda McGrory took the gold medal in that race with a slow time of 12 minutes 52.41 seconds. Ms. Roy finished in a disappointing fifth position considering that she had a shot at the podium.
Last Tuesday, as we reported in last week’s paper, Ms. Roy took the bronze medal in the 800 metre race, beaten by American Tanya McFadden (first with a time of 1 min- ute 51.10 seconds) and China’s Wenjun Liu (second with a time of 1 minute 51.33 seconds). Diane Roy’s time was 1 minute 52.88 seconds.
On Friday, January 28th, she raced in the 1500 metres, capturing her first silver medal of the track and field competition. Tanya McFadden took the gold medal in the 1500 metres with a time of 3 minutes 36.20 seconds.
The 400 metre race was held Saturday morning. “I knew that Tanya McFadden was practically untouchable so I was aiming for second place. Two hundred metres from the finish line there was still no-one beside me, only McFadden in front. So I just kept up my rhythm,” she commented. Tanya McFadden was first with the time of 54.88 seconds while Ms. Roy crossed the finish line in second position 2.02 seconds later.