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Posted: September 14, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

Athletics: Successful weekend in Track for Canada

OTTAWA - It was a successful weekend for Canadian Track and Field as Gary Reed captured silver at the World Athletics Final in Thessaloniki, Greece. Six Canadians took part in the final which was Canada's largest representation in this event. Saturday night also belonged to Chantal Petitclerc, wheelchair racer and multi time World Record Holder and Paralympic Games medalist as she was honoured and officially named to Canada's Walk of Fame.

Gary Reed of Victoria, BC ran to a silver medal in the 800m at the World Athletics Final on Saturday. Running 1 minute and 45.23 seconds, Reed placed second behind Kenya's David Lekuta Rudisha who ran a Championship Record of 1:44.85.

In the women's 100m hurdles silver medalist from the 2009 World Championships Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Whitby, ON and Perdita Felicien of Pickering, ON finished 4th and 5th respectively; second through fifth position all finished in 12.61 seconds.

Also making their mark at the 2009 World Athletics Final were Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, BC placing 8th in the shot put with 19.61m; Nathan Brannen of Cambridge, ON in the 1500m finishing 9th in 3:40.12; and Sultana Frizell in the hammer throw throwing 68.07m and placing 6th overall.

Chantal Petitclerc named to Canada's Walk of Fame

Multi-time Paralympic Games Medalist and World Record holder Chantal Petitclerc of Montreal, QC was honoured on Saturday night as she was inducted to Canada's Walk of Fame. As one of Canada's most prestigious tributes, Petitclerc was inducted along with Blue Rodeo, Dsquared2, Howie Mandel, Kim Cattrall, Robert Munsch, and Tom Cochrane. Petitclerc is one of the world's most decorated athletes competing in wheelchair track events of all disciplines.

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