Golden Dream Comes True For Wheelchair Racer Thom

Curtis Thom says thinking of himself as a world champion is still a little unreal.

“I just got home,” the Ottawa Lions track and field club member said Monday. “It’s kind of still, in my mind, ‘Holy cow, I actually brought a medal home. We got a gold medal as a relay team.’ I don’t think it fully has sunk in. I can look at the medal and know that I got it, but, in my mind, is it real. Is this almost a dream?”

Thom, Brent Lakatos of Dorval, Que., Jean-Paul Compaore of Sherbrooke, Que., and Alex Dupont of Clarenceville, Que., raced to a gold medal on Saturday in the men’s T53-54 wheelchair 4×400 metres of the International Paralympic Committee world championships at Lyon, France.

It was one of seven gold medals and 15 medals overall for Canada during the championships. Lakatos ended up with five, including gold in the T53 100, 200 and 400 metres and also silver in the 800. Compaore also won bronze in T54 10,000 metres.

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