Canada's Michelle Stilwell Finishes First and Second on the Track in London
While it wasn’t the result most people expected, Canada’s Michelle Stilwell was happy with a first and second place finish in London. Her fans likely expected the world record holder in the T52 100-meter and 200-meter races to finish first in both.
“I don’t think you can be disappointed with any (good result),” said Stilwell, who holds the world records in the 100m, 200m and 400m events. “I went out there and gave it everything I could and I’m ecstatic to come home with anything.”
One quick slip of the hand by Stilwell at the start of the 100m gave her opponent, Marieke Vervoort of Belarus the tiniest cushion, but it would prove too much to overcome. Stilwell made a noble effort to close the gap but came up just short in a time of 19.80 to Vervoort’s 19.69, which was a new Paralympic Record.
In the 200m, Stilwell was flawless in her start and execution throughout the race, defending her first place finish in Beijing and setting a new Paralympic Record in the process. The 38-year-old’s time of 33.80 was just off her world record time of 33.58. Vervoort finished in second.