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Biography

PETITCLERC Chantal

Nationality Canada Flag CAN Canada
Birth Date 15/12/1969
Gender Women
Height (m / in) 1.62/5'3''
Weight (kg / lbs) 48/106
Events Inscribed   Athletics Women's 800m EAD T54
Medals Won GOLD Medal GOLD -  Women's 800m EAD T54

Date Venue Event Country - Name Results Status
21 Mar
10:50
MCG Women's 800m EAD T54
1st Round- Heat 1
Canada Flag CAN  - PETITCLERC Chantal (1) 1:56.12 Completed
24 Mar
18:35
MCG Women's 800m EAD T54
Final- Final
Canada Flag CAN  - PETITCLERC Chantal (1) 1:48.98 Completed

Place Of Birth Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Residence Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Occupation Television and radio host and motivational speaker
International Debut 1992
Coach Peter Eriksson
Commonwealth
Games History
Manchester 2002
Gold in the EAD 800m
Olympic
Games History
Athens 2004
Gold in the EAD 800m (1:53.66)
Athens 2004 Paralympics
Gold in the 100m (16.33)World Record
Gold in the 200m (28.95)
Gold in the 400m (51.91)World Record
Gold in the 800m (1:50.69)
Gold in the 1500m (3:26.89)

Sydney 2000 Paralympics
Silver in the 100m (16.80)
Gold in the 200m (29.17)
Silver in the 400m (56.08)
Gold in the 800m (1:54.39)

Atlanta 1996 Paralympics
Gold in the 100m
Gold in the 200m
Gold in the 400m
Silver in the 800m
Silver in the 1500m

1992 Barcelona Paralympics
Bronze in the 100m
Bronze in the 800m
Other Personal Best:
EAD 100m - 16.33 (Athens, Greece, 21-Sep-2004)
EAD 200m - 28.79 (Sydney, Australia, 25-Jan-2002)
EAD 400m - 51.91 (Athens, Greece, 25-Sep-2004)
EAD 800m - 1:47.50 (02-Jul-2005)
EAD 1500m - 3:26.89 (Athens, Greece, 24-Sep-2004)

Season's Best:
EAD 800m - 1:47.50 (02-Jul-2005)

Chantal's time of 1:48.98 not only won her the gold in the 800m EAD T54, but broached a new Games record as well.

At 13 Chantal lost the use of both legs in an accident. She competed in her first wheelchair race in a homemade chair put together by a friend and received her first proper racing chair after winning a prize for most promising athlete.

Chantal has been the Canadian record-holder in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 1500m wheelchair events since 1998.

She was the first disabled athlete in history to write her name alongside able-body athletes, winning the 800m at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games. It was the first wheelchair event to be fully integrated into the program of a major international competition.

In 2002 she was the first paralympic athlete to be awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by Canada's Governor General for an outstanding deed that brings honour to Canada. In 2004 she won the Jack W. Davies Trophy for most outstanding Candian Athlete.

Chantal has carved a career for herself as a television and radio personality after media executives noted that she was a natural performer in front of the camera during numerous interviews about her sporting success. Chantal also works the lecture circuit, speaking about the circumstances that brought her to become a wheelchair track and field athlete, her victories and her disappointments.

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