When her classmates are preparing to go back to school this September, Larissa Brown will be in Rio de Janeiro, competing in her first Paralympic Games. On the final day of the para-athletics trials in Edmonton, the 17-year-old set a new Canadian T12 200m record in a time of 27.55.
Joining her in the T44 category in the same event will be Marissa Papaconstantinou (right). Still only 16 years old, the Torontonian ran a blistering 28.31. Madison Wilson-Walker, 19 also made the the A-qualification standard in same category with a run of 29.53.
In the Men’s 200m, George Quarcoo completed his impressive trials performance, leading the field in 23.57. Kyle Whitehouse finished runner-up in 23.68 and David Johnson came in third in 24.55.
Kyle Pettey will carry Canada’s hopes in the seated shot put, after the F34 athlete threw to 7.94m on Sunday.
In the women’s event, Pamela Le Jean crashed through the qualifying standard for F53 athletes, throwing a day’s best of 4.39m. The Cape Breton native took gold in the event at last year’s Parapan Am Games.
In the women’s T33/34 wheelchair race, Rachael Burrows and Jessica Tinney will have to wait until final team selection to see if they’ve made the cut.
While the Canadian track and field team for the Olympics will be named on Monday, the final Paralympic squad won’t be announced until July 25th.
Photo credit: Canadian Paralympic Committee / Athletics Canada