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Cassidy wins silver to close Diamond League season

By Dan Plouffe

Ottawa-born wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy completed his Samsung Diamond League season with a silver medal performance in the men’s 3,000 metres yesterday in Zurich, Switzerland.

Cassidy finished in second place in a time of six minutes, 15.29 seconds, just over five seconds behind gold medalist Marcel Hug, who won the race in his home country.

Cassidy and Hug are poised to be the stars of the 2012 London Paralympic Games. Cassidy is the top-ranked athlete in the 1,500 m and is the only one to have achieved the ‘A’ standard in the qualification period for the London Games.

Earning the qualification time was especially impressive because the 26-year-old did it without the aid of drafting since he was well out in first place three weekends ago at the Ontario ParaSport Summer Games in Sarnia, Ont.

Hug is the world record holder in the 1,500 m.

The Diamond League is the top international track-and-field circuit and makes stops at 14 cities around the world. There is one more event on Sept. 16 in Belgium, but the schedule doesn’t include any of Cassidy’s events.

Ottawa-born wheelchair racer Josh Cassidy completed his Samsung Diamond League season with a silver medal performance in the men’s 3,000 meters yesterday in Zurich, Switzerland.

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