Canada and Guatemala name Athletics Teams for Rio 2016

Michelle Stillwell competes at the 2015 IPC Atletics World Championship (Photo: Clement Bucco-Lechat/Wikimedia Commons)

Two more athletics teams for Rio 2016 have been announced as Canada and Guatemala announced their athletics rosters. Canada will be represented by 25 athletes, while Guatemala will have a lone athlete.

There will be three multiple time Paralympic medalists returning for Canada as Brent Lakatos, Michelle Stillwell and Diane Roy headline the side. Canada won nine medals in London and will be hoping to add to that tally, or at least have better colors to them, in Rio.

Lakatos is entering his fourth Paralympic Games, having won his first medals in London four years ago. Those medals were three silvers on the track in the 200m, 400m and 800m and he will be hoping to add gold to his honors.

Stillwell comes in as Canada’s only defending Paralympic Champion, competing in the T52 category. Stillwell won the gold in the 200m, while narrowly missing the sprint double as she got silver in the 100m.

Roy enters her sixth Paralympic Games looking to add to her haul of five medals in Rio. Jason Dunkerly also won two medals in London, with guide Josh Karanja he won silver in the T11 classification in the 5000m and bronze in the 1500m. A debutant will also come in to Rio hopeful of a medal as T13 runner Guillaume Ouellet comes in as the world champion.

For Guatemala their sole representative in athletics is Oscar Raxon who will be guided by Santos Martinez. Raxon will be seeking to win Guatemala’s second ever gold medal, and first since 1988.


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