Des Brisay Leads Medal Haul on Day 1 of Canadian Championship

It was a golden day for Tommy Des Brisay on day one of the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Edmonton yesterday. Des Brisay’s gold in the para ambulatory 1500m was just one of his two on the day and led the club’s five medal haul.

After narrowly claiming the 1500m title in a time of 4 minutes 16.57 seconds, Tommy returned to the track less than seven hours later to win silver in 5000m final. Des Brisay crossed the finish line in a time of  16:02.85, the third fastest of his life. Finishing third was teammate Jason Dunkerley in 17:03.59

The remaining two medals of the day also came from para athletes as 2012 Paralympian Josh Cassidy took silver in the T54 800m in 1:43.83.

Blind sprinter Larissa Brown had originally thought she had won gold in the para ambulatory 100m before a re-race was ordered after another competitor was disqualified  for wandering out of her lane and interfering with another. In the re-race, Brown was narrowly edged at the line, taking silver in 13.59 seconds – one one hundredth out of gold. However, Larissa’s time did break her own Canadian record in the T12 category.

Full day one results are available below:

Senior Men

Ahmed Al-Slaq (Triple Jump Qualilfying) – FOUL
Matt Bedard (400m Hurdles Semi-Final) – 57.03 10th
Gabriel Tesfaye (400m Hurdles Semi-Final) – 52.41Q 4th
Brandyn Martineau (100m Qualifying) – 11.03 15th
Brandyn Martineau (200m Qualifying) – 22.63 10th
Brandyn Martineau (Long Jump Qualifying) – FOUL

Junior Men

Austin White (400m Hurdles Semi-Final) – 55.75Q 2nd

Junior Women

Hailey McKechnie (400m Hurdles Semi-Final) – DNF

Para Women

Larissa Brown (Ambulatory 100m Final) – 13.59 PB SILVER
Rachael Burrows (WC 100m Final) – 25.98 4th

Para Men

Tommy Des Brisay (Ambulatory 1500m Final) – 4:16.57 GOLD
Tommy Des Brisay (5000m Final) – 16:02.85 SILVER
Josh Cassidy (WC 800m Final) – 1:43.83 SILVER
Jason Dunkerley (5000m Final) – 17:03.59 BRONZE