Stilwell wins silver to go with her gold medal

Parksville racer added a silver medal to a gold at the London 2012 Paralympics.
T-Bone part of wheelchair rugby squad in action this week.

Parksville's Trevor Hirschfield is part of Canada's wheelchair rugby team at the London 2012 Paralympics.

Parksville's Trevor Hirschfield is part of Canada's wheelchair rugby team at the London 2012 Paralympics.

PARKSVILLE – Michelle Stilwell was not able to repeat her performance on the track in Beijing in 2008, but she did put in a great performance in Wednesday’s T52 100m wheelchair race in London, placing second.

Stilwell, who won a gold medal and set a new world record in the 200m race on Saturday, was the reigning Paralympic champ at both that race, and in the 100m.

Belgium’s Marieke Vervoort won the gold in a time of 19.69 seconds, a new Paralympic record. Stilwell still holds the world record time of 18.67. She set a Paralympic record of 33.80 in the T52 200m (where she narrowly defeated Vervoort), hold the world record there at 33.58, and has the world record in the 400m at 1:05.41. The United States’ Kerry Morgan was third in the T52 100m at 20.68.

Another Parksville athlete, Trevor Hirschfield, aka T-Bone, is part of the Canadian wheelchair rugby team. They lost their opener Wednesday to Australia, 45-37. Canada plays Belgium tomorrow and Sweden on Friday, Sept. 7 to round out their pool play.