Parksville’s Stilwell sets world record in London

Michelle Stilwell on Saturday won Canada's second track and field and Canada's eighth medal overall at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

  • Sep. 3, 2012 1:00 p.m.

Parksville's Michelle Stilwell celebrates her world record and gold medal-winning time in the T-52 200m wheelchair race in London.

LONDON — Michelle Stilwell of Parksville, on Saturday won Canada’s second track and field and Canada’s eighth medal overall at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Stilwell won gold in the women’s T52 classification 200-metres in a new Paralympic Games record time of 33.80 seconds.

“From the beginning the crowd had a roar and the roar kept going, I’m so happy right now, I’ve put everything into this for the last four years,” said Stilwell. “My whole family is here and I couldn’t be happier to share this with them.”

Stilwell is well on her way in repeating her feat of double gold at the Paralympic Games. At the 2008 Games she took first in the T52 wheelchair 100 and 200-metres.

Having just won gold in the 200-metres she’ll now prepare and look forward to the 100-metres final which is set for Wednesday, September 5.

— Canadian Paralympic Committee

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