It was just nine months ago when Jason Dunkerley announced his retirement from international running at the club’s annual awards banquet. However, that exit was obviously short lived as Dunkerley and new guide Jeremie Venne ran their way to a silver medal at the IPC World Championships tonight in London.
Friday night’s medal was the sixth World Championship medal for Dunkerley and his third over 1500m. The Canadian record holder had previously won gold over the distance in 2002 and 2006.
Dunkerley and Venne had a rocky start to the race, but persevered, picking their way through the field. The duo closed hard in the final metres to secure the silver medal and finish in a seasonal best performance of 4 minutes 13.67 seconds.
The IPC World Championships will come to an end Sunday when Tommy Des Brisay races in the T20 5000m final. The Canadian record holder enters the event ranked third in the world.