Two gold medals at the Commonwealth Games headliners of the Continental Cup IAAF
August 27, 2014
OTTAWA - Ten Canadian athletes were named to the Americas team that will go to Marrakech, Morocco, for the 2014 Continental Cup of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), which will take place on September 13 and 14. As headliners of the team, are the recent Commonwealth Games gold medalists Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., And Sultana Frizell of Perth, Ont.Athletes are selected for this team invitational in each region of the IAAF. Representatives of the Americas were invited by considering the international rankings.
Derek Drouin will compete in the high jump, following a season in which he set the Canadian record, clearing 2.40 meters.
Sultana Frizell, who carried the Canadian flag at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, will compete in the women’s hammer throw.
The new Canadian record holder, Jessica Furlan of Regina, Sask., Will race in the 3000 meter steeplechase female.
Elizabeth Gleadle of Vancouver, BC, will participate in the women’s javelin throw. She finished fifth at the Commonwealth Games, and has improved his Canadian record twice.
Matthew Hughes of Oshawa, Ont., Made a breakthrough last season, ranking sixth in the men’s 3000 meter steeplechase at the World Championship, thanks to a Canadian record. Hughes finished fourth at the Commonwealth Games.
Cam Levins of Black Creek, BC, will run the men’s 5,000 meters. He won the bronze at the Commonwealth Games in the men’s 10,000 meters.
Christabel Nettey of Surrey, BC, won the bronze medal at the Commonwealth during the women’s long jump Games. She will represent Canada and the Americas in the same event at the Continental Cup.
Jessica O’Connell of Calgary, Alta., Will compete in the women’s 3,000 meters. She participated in the same event at the Commonwealth Games.
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, of Quebec City, QC, has had a great season. He concludes with an appearance in the men’s 1,500 meters. This will be his first experience at a major international event on the world stage.
Nicole Sifuentes of Winnipeg, Man., Won bronze at the World Indoor Championships this season, and finished fourth at the Commonwealth Games. Sifuentes compete in the women’s 1,500 meters.
Continental Cup IAAF, formerly known as World Athletics Cup, held every four years.
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Shawnacy Barber, Cameron Levins and Angela Whyte all win Bronze at Commonwealth Games
Glasgow, SCO - Three bronze were added to the Commonwealth Games medal haul today bringing the total Athletics (Track & Field) count at the Games to 16. Shawnacy Barber of Toronto, Ont., Cam Levins of Black Creek, B.C., and Angela Whyte of Edmonton, Alta., all made their way onto the podium.
Shawnacy Barber opened the competition winning bronze in the pole vault clearing 5.45 metres. “Well I hoped to be on the podium and I got that done so I am very happy with that,” comments Shawnacy. “I think between maybe four of us out there we all had a chance at silver and gold but it always comes down to the day.”
In the men’s 10000-metres Cameron Levins flew down the home stretch for the bronze medal in 27:56.23; just behind Cam was Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ont., for sixth in 28:02.96. “I started tying up the last 50 metres,” notes Cam. “I was hoping they wouldn’t catch me but they did and I hopefully will learn from that. I am so happy to be on the podium; this is my first time. I hope I can only do better from here but I will enjoy this moment and go back and train harder.”
Angela Whyte ended the night with a podium finish in the women’s 100-metres hurdles crossing the line in 13.02 seconds. “The time wasn’t the greatest, I have been struggling all year long and to tell you the truth I was down on myself, I didn’t look too hopeful (for a medal),” comments Angela. “My team mates, they really had a lot of faith in me and I just had to fight. I fought for 13.02; which is not something that is normal. You can’t be mad with a medal from Commonwealth Games and I am just always happy to represent Canada and do the best that I can.”
In the women’s 800-metres final Melissa Bishop of Eganville, Ont., finished eighth in 2:02.61. “I had a great two days, the ultimate goal was to get to the final and anything else is a bonus. I am happy to be here, hope it is a building block for things to come.”
In the men’s steeplechase Matthew Hughes of Oshawa, Ont., led the Canadian contingent with a fourth place finish in 8:21.88. “You know I thought my prep and fitness coming in was good,” notes Matt. “I told myself at the start of the games I would be disappointed with anything but a medal. Not to put too much pressure on myself because I’m so young in the sport, but I don’t want to be one of those people that just is happy to be here, in top 5 or top 10, I am here to win a race.”
Chris Winter of Vancouver, B.C., finished sixth in 8:29.83 and Taylor Milne was disqualified after the race.
In the women’s discus final Julie Labonté of Ste-Justine, Que., finished 12th with 52.30 metres. “I had a good warm up throw but I don’t think it would have been enough to get top eight,” notes Julie. “My throws were not consistent, it was like there was a wall in front of me! It didn’t go as well as I thought it was going to.”
In the women’s 4×400-metre relay the team of Audrey Jean-Baptiste of Montreal, Que., Fawn Dorr of Marten River, Ont., Noelle Montcalm of Belle River, Ont., and Chanice Taylor-Chase of Ajax Ont., finished third in their heat in 3:31.02 for an automatic qualification into tomorrows final.
Daundre Barnaby of Brampton, Ont., Philip Osei of Toronto, Ont., Brendon Rodney of Toronto, Ont., and Michael Robertson of Williamstown, Ont., were disqualified after they thought they had placed second in their heat. The disqualification was Rule 170.19; starting outside of the takeover zone.
The women’s 4×100-metre relay team of Crystal Emmanuel of East York, Ont., Kimberly Hyacinthe of Lachenaie, Que., Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., and Khamica Bingham of Caledon, Ont., placed third for the automatic qualification in 43.66.
The men’s 4×100-metre relay team also qualified by finishing second in their heat. Gavin Smellie of Etobicoke, Ont., Aaron Brown of Toronto, Ont., Dontae Richards-Kwok of Toronto, Ont., and Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., clocked 38.41 seconds.
Aside from the relays, tomorrow will feature Alysha Newman of Delaware, Ont., in the women’s pole vault along with Jessica O’Connell of Calgary, Alta., in the women’s 5000-metres.
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Media Attaché, Commonwealth Games Canada
Diane Roy takes Silver; Alexandre Dupont and Christabel Nettey claim Bronze in Glasgow
Glasgow, SCO - The Canadian track and field team won three more medals today in athletics competition at the Commonwealth Games in Scotland. Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., won silver, Alex Dupont of Clarenceville, Que., and Christabel Nettey of Surrey, B.C., picked up bronze medals. To date Athletics Canada has won a total of 13 medals; 5 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze.
Diane Roy aggressively led the women’s wheelchair 1500-metres race but was edged at the finish line by Angela Ballard of Australia who finished in 3:59.20. Roy was a close second in 3:59.55.”I’m happy with my race, I’m not happy with the result,” said Roy. “It was hard to be in front the whole way, but it was a good thing because there was a lot of rain and when you are behind, you receive a lot of water. I started to sprint with 400-metres to go, maybe I started to sprint too soon, it killed me at the end.”
In the men’s wheelchair 1500-metres Alex Dupont raced to bronze in 3.23.62. “These Games have been amazing. This is the only event where our medals count like everyone else’s so it’s an amazing opportunity for us.” Alex adds; “I’m very, very happy. The wet track for us changes the game completely. I know for runners it does too, because it’s slipperier, but for us it can go from being the very best athlete to the worst.”
Josh Cassidy of Ottawa, Ont., placed sixth in 3:27.24 after getting out to a fast start. “It felt good until I was trying to max out and it was just slipping,” said Cassidy. “I obviously have more to figure out when it comes to max sprints during the rain.” He adds; “The crowds were awesome in there and it’s really exciting to be a part of this Canadian team again. I’m really looking forward to the big one, Rio, and Pan Ams before that, so all these are just great stepping stones to work things out for the big ones that matter most.”
In the women’s long jump Christabel Nettey of Surrey, B.C., registered a best jump of 6.49-metres to secure bronze, and the third track and field medal of the day. ”The rain was hard to adjust to, but coming into only my second major Championship and medalling I can only grow from that,” said Nettey. “I am happy to bring the medal home for Canada. Adjusting to the rain and the wind, medal ceremonies and all that waiting, it was hard but that is just track and field and you adjust. Unfortunately I couldn’t get it done today (for gold) but I am still happy.”
In the women’s 400-metres hurdles Noelle Montcalm of Belle River, Ont., placed fifth in the final. “It went pretty well. I went slower than my qualifying time by two-hundredths, but still a respectable time for me, so I’m pleased with how it went,” comments Noelle. “I was happy with my stride pattern, my race pattern. I tried to stick with them, but being in lane two I had a good look at everybody. It’s hard to stay focused in your own lane when you see the rest of the lanes moving ahead, so I just tried to remain in my own lane and finish as fast as I could.”
Chanice Taylor-Chase of Ajax, Ont., did not finish the race.
Angela Whyte of Edmonton, Alta., won her heat of the 100-metres hurdles in 13.33 seconds to secure her spot in tomorrow’s final. Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., finished fifth in her heat in 13.66 and does not advance to the final.
Julie Labonté of Ste-Justine, Que., qualified for the women’s discus final tomorrow with a throw of 50.32-metres.
Kimberly Hyacinthe of Lachenaie, Que., qualified earlier in the day for the women’s 200-metres final clocking 23.14 seconds in her semi-final. She went on to finish seventh in the final in 23.11 seconds. Shai-Anne Davis of Richmond, B.C., and Crystal Emmanuel of East York, Ont., did not advance into the final, clocking 23.48 and 23.40 respectively in the semis.
In the men’s 200-metres Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., and Brendon Rodney of Toronto, Ont., did not advance to the final with times of 20.73 and 20.89 respectively in the semis. Gavin Smellie of Etobicoke, Ont., qualified for the final with a run of 20.54 seconds. In the final Gavin finished eight in 20.55 seconds. ”It was a great experience being in the final but at the same time you still want to make something happen,” commented Gavin. “Lane one was a bit tough, I have to take it as it is. Only thing to do now is to move on and stay motivated. We’ve got the relay tomorrow.”
Melissa Bishop of Eganville, Ont., qualified for tomorrow’s 800-metres final placing second in her semi-final in 2:01.86. Jessica Smith of North Vancouver, B.C., did not advance with a time of 2:04.42.
A look at tomorrow
Gavin Smellie, Aaron Brown of Toronto, Ont., Dontae Richards-Kwok of Toronto, Ont., and Andre De Grasse will step into action in the heats of the men’s 4×100-metres.
Tomorrow will also see the heats of the women’s 4×100-metres, women’s 4×400-metres and men’s 4×400-metres.
The men’s 3000-metres steeplechase will feature three Canadians; Matthew Hughes of Oshawa, Ont., Taylor Milne of Guelph, Ont., and Chris Winter of Vancouver, B.C.
The men’s pole vault final will see Shawnacy Barber of Toronto, Ont., enter action.
Lining up in the men’s 10000-metres final will be Mohammed Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ont., and Cameron Levins of Black Creek, B.C.
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Former middle distance runner Doug Clement, 81, on the track at Brockton Oval in Vancouver. Clement, who used to train at the old track, went on to become a doctor, specializing in sport medicine.
Photograph by: Mark van Manen, Vancouver Sun
4 x 440-yards relay — silver medal 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games
Aug. 7, 1954 still stands as the single most-significant track and field day ever experienced by Doug Clement.
That’s a remarkable statement, given the thousands of track meets he has witnessed since.
Barely 21 at the time, Clement saw Roger Bannister defeat John Landy in the much-anticipated Miracle Mile before watching British marathoner Jim Peters famously collapse on Empire Stadium’s track before he could finish the race.
Then Clement stepped onto the track himself and captured a silver medal as part of Canada’s 4 x 440-yards relay team.
A memorable day indeed.
“The drama of Jim Peters alone was unbelievable,” said Clement, now a fit 81-year-old “retired” doctor who remains very active in B.C.’s track and field community along with his wife Diane, a former world-class athlete herself.
He won a track scholarship at the University of Oregon and competed in two Olympics and two Commonwealth Games, but Clement describes himself as a “journeyman” athlete who felt like a hero in Vancouver 60 years ago.
“Suddenly you were recognized and accepted as being something big, right in your hometown,” he said.
Clement, who was born in Montreal and raised in Vancouver, compares the atmosphere surrounding the British Empire and Commonwealth Games with the positive vibe that accompanied the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.
“If there was any infighting about holding the Games, it disappeared once the actual event started,” he said. “Vancouver was introduced to the world and the world was introduced to Vancouver.”
Clement feels the 1954 Games helped the city evolve from its former status as a quiet provincial community with a distinct bias toward all things British.
“At the time, Vancouver was really a logging and fishing town, and when loggers came into the city for the weekend, it was a zoo downtown,” he said. “I think the Games brought us into a new era, and I don’t know if it’s recognized by the public that way because there are very few of us (Games participants) around now.”
Canada enters the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland with almost a dozen athletes capable of winning medals in the track and field competition. Naturally injury and with drawl for any reason by Canadian athletes or other competitors can immediately upset any prediction of outcome. This uncertainty makes sport such a dramatic event and draws the attention of track and field fans around the world.
You will note that Canada’s top prospects are heavily weighted in the technical events. The strength of the East Africans in the middle distance and distance events and the Jamaican and other Caribbean athletes in the sprints provide Olympic level competition on the track.
Besides Canada’s first dozen athletes who are ranked in the top 3 positions, there is a number on the bubble. These athletes are ranked based on current times and their careers in the 4th through 6th positions. We predict that some of the first group of athletes may not convert their top ranking to medals while some athletes on the bubble will actually move up to a medal position.
Can we reach our 2010 medal count of 7 gold, 2 silver and 8 bronze medals in New Delhi? I think this may be difficult but not impossible. Here is a run down of our top prospects.
Toronto born, Canadian record holder 5.71m pole vault
Best outdoor this season of 5.65m
Will be junior at University of Akron this fall
NCAA indoor champion 2014 with Canadian indoor record at 5.75m
Ranked behind veteran Steven Lewis of England with outdoor best in 2014 of 5.70m
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Corunna, Ontario, Canadian record holder 2.40m high jump
Graduate of Indiana University
Bronze medal at 2012 Olympics and 2013 World Championships
Canada’s best bet for gold,
Derek jumps10cm higher than opponents
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Perth, Ontario, Canadian record holder 75.73 hammer
Graduate of University of Georgia
Sultana faces challenge from Sophie Hutchon (71.53m) of England and Julia Ratcliffe (70.28m) of New Zealand but the Canadian has not thrown less than 73.21m in 2014
Defending CWG gold medalist, look for another gold this time
Photo by Claus Andersen
Ste. Justine, Quebec, Canadian record holder 18.31m shot put
Graduate of Arizona State University, 2014 best of 17.24m
Gold and Silver out of reach with Valerie Adams (20.46m) of New Zealand the double Olympic Champion and Cleopatra Borel (19.10m) of Trinidad
Julie will struggle with Annie Alexander (17.10m) of Trinidad for bronze
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Brockville, Ontario Canadian champion 2014 shot put
Graduate of DePaul University, 2014 personal best of 20.98m
Many concede the gold and silver spots to Tom Walsh (21.23m) of New Zealand
and O’Dayne Richards (21.11m) of Jamaica
Tim will need to fight off challenge of Jacko Gill (20.70m) of New Zealand for bronze
Surrey, BC Canadian Champion 2014 long jump
Graduate of Arizona State University, 2014 best of 6.73m
Blessing Okagbare (6.86m) of Nigeria and Shara Proctor (6.82m) of England
may take gold and silver and Christabel left to contend with Brooke Stratton (6.70m) of Australia for the bronze
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Delaware, Ontario Canadian Junior record holder pole vault
University of Miami junior year 2014 best of 4.41m
Favourite is Alana Boyd (4.65m) of Australia and teammate Liz Parnov (4.40m) may take top two spots and Alysha will face challenges form Sally Peake (4.40m) of England for bronze
Lethbridge, Alberta, Canadian record holder 79.13m hammer throw
Graduate of University of Lethbridge, 2014 best of 75.27m
Pan American Champion for Canada, James will fight for gold against England’s duo of Nick Millar (74.38m) and Alec Smith (73.52m)
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Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canadian record holder 6641 points heptathlon
University of Oregon graduate, silver medalist at World Indoor and Outdoor Championships.
The with drawl of Katarina Johnson-Thompson (6682) of England due to injury leaves only teammate, Jessica Zelinka (6128) and Morgan Lake (6081) of England as opposition. Brianne should take the gold in this event
Bronze medal World Championships, Moscow in 2013 with 8512 points decathlon
In 2014 Damian had a 7th place finish in World Indoor Championships in the heptathlon. At the Canadian Championships he ran a personal best in the 110m hurdles with 13.52 (0.9) in the heats and then won the final in 13.62 (-1.7). He completed only four events at Decathlon in Ottawa last weekend. One hopes this was scheduled as a part of his training program and not an injury. If healthy he should have a strong competition against South Africa’s Willem Coertzen (8199) and Ashley Bryant (8144) of England.
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Edmonton, Alberta Pan American silver medalist 100m Hurdles
Graduate of University of Idaho, 2014 best 12.89
Sally Pearson (12.59) of Australia is the Olympic Champion and Tiffany Porter (12.65) of England the bronze medalist from the last World Championships seem to have a lock on the top spots. Angela will have to beat Jamaicans, Monique Morgan (12.94) and Shermaine Williams (12.95) to get the bronze
Photo credit: Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press
London, Ontario, Pan American Champion Heptathlon
Graduate of University of Calgary, 2014 best 6128 points
Jessica should have a strong run at the silver medal with 17 year old Morgan Lake (6081) of England just having competed in World Junior Championships in Eugene this week. Could Angela Whyte medal in this event as she has a 2014 best of 6018 points?
On the bubble
photo by Claus Andersen
Eganville, Ontario, Canadian Champion 800m
University of Windsor Graduate, 2014 best 1:59.70
Melissa faces World Champions, Eunice Sum (1:57.92) and Janeth Jepkosgei (1:58.70) of Kenya who have every reason to be one two in this race. Newcomer, Winnie Nanyando of Uganda just set a new national record of 1:58.63 and Scotland’s Lynsey Sharp (1:59.67) and England’s Jessica Judd (1:59.77) will make this a very close race for the bronze
Photo by Claus Andersen
Toronto, Ontario Canadian record holder 20.16 200m
Graduate of University of Southern California
Faces Jamaica’s Warren Weir (19.82) the Olympic and World Championship medalist plus his teammate, Nickel Ashmeade (19.95). Isaac Makwala of Botswana just a new national record of 19.96. Jamaica’s Rasheed Dywer (20.04) and Antoine Adams (20.08) of St Kitts will make this a very hot battle for these medals.
Aaron is on the verge of dipping under the 20 second barrier and he did upset Weir in Edmonton in June.
Photo by Reese Raybon
Vancouver, BC Canadian record holder javelin 64.50m
Graduate of University of British Columbia
Liz faces Australians, Kimberly Mickele (66.83m) World Championships silver medalist and Kathryn Mitchell (66.10m) plus South Africa’s World Championship bronze medalist, Sunette Viljoen (64.87). This competition will be an uphill battle for our Liz Gleadle
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Oshawa, Ontario, Canadian record holder 8:11.64 3000m steeplechase
Graduate University of Louisville, 2014 best 8:12.81
The Kenyan wall of terror is mounted in front of Matt.
Jairius Birech (8:02.37), Ezekial Kemboi (8:04.12) and Brimin Kipruto (8:04.64) or 4 others faster than Matt could be on the start line. Can he take down one of them for the bronze?
Canada took the bronze medal at the World Championships in Moscow
last year with a time of 37.92. Jamaica seems a guaranteed gold in this event with Usain Bolt scheduled to anchor this event. Britain has a 37.93 and Trinidad 38.03 at the World Relays Championships while Canada managed only 38.55. No gifts here for Canada’s relay pool of Dontae Richards-Kwok, Gavin Smellie, Aaron Brown, Jared Connaughton, Segun Makinde and Andre De Grasse but a medal of any colour would be great.
Black Creek, British Columbia, Canadian Champion 2014 5000m
Graduate of Southern Utah University 2014 best 27:36.00
Kenyan depth provides huge challenge for Cam who will run only the 10.000m. Selection of Kenyans teams at altitude confuses situation as Josephat Bett and Peter Kirui has seasonal best of 28:06.3 but in Nairobi.
London, Ontario, Canadian record holder marathon 2:28.00
Once again Kenyan prowess puts Filomena Cheyech (2:22.44) and Phyllis Ongori (2:23.22) out front. The battle for bronze is open as Namibia’s Helaria Johannes (2:28.27) and Agnes Barsosio (2:30.37) of Kenya can be challenged by Lanni’s 2014 time of 2:30.34
Abbotsford, British Columbia, personal best 2.31m High Jump
2014 best of 2.28m
With teammate, Derek Drouin favored for gold, Mike will be in battle with Tom Parsons (2.29m) of England, Kabelo Kgosiemang (2.28m) of Botswana, Temfack Fernan Djoumessi (2.28m) of the Cameroons and Ryan Ingraham (2.28m) of England for a spot on the podium
Photo by Michael Scott
Calgary, Alberta, Canadian Champion 5000m
2014 best 15:13.21
Double trouble with both Kenyans and England. Mercy Cherono (14:39.49), Janet Kisa (14:59.93) and Margaret Wangari Muriuki (15:30.18) plus Brits, Jo Pavey (15.04.87), Emelia Gorecka (15:07.45) and Julia Bleasdale (15:11.68) will make a great race for Jessica.
Winnipeg, Manitoba World Indoor bronze medalist 1500m
2014 best 4:04.87
Again the Kenyans and Brits produce big challenges here. Helen Obiri (3:57.05) is world indoor medalist and teammate Faith Kipyegon (3:58.01) is world junior champion. Laura Muir (4:00.07) of England and Laura Weightman (4:02.72) make this a tight race for Nicole