Michelle Stilwell Wins Paralympic Gold For Canada In Women's 100-Metre T52 Final

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RIO DE JANEIRO — Canadian wheelchair racer Michelle Stilwell won the 100 metres on Saturday for her second gold medal of the Rio Paralympics, and sixth of her career.

The 42-year-old athlete and politician from Parksville, B.C., won the 400 metres earlier in the Games.

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Michelle Stilwell celebrates winning the 100-metre T52 wheelchair race at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on Sept. 17. (Photo: Christophe Simon/AFP/Getty Images)

Stilwell led from the gun Saturday to cross in 19.42 seconds. Kerry Morgan of the U.S. was second in 19.96, while Belgium's Marieke Vervoort won bronze in 2012.

Stilwell is the only female Paralympian to win gold medals in different Paralympic sports. She won gold as part of Canada's wheelchair basketball team at the 2000 Games.

She's is also a Member of the Legislative Assembly in B.C., and is the B.C. Minister of Social Development.

 

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