Diane Roy cap­tures three medals in New Zealand

Stanstead Journal - - SPORTS - Vic­to­ria Vanier

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.

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