Canada goes to Marrakech

Derek Drouin by Claus Andersen

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

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.

Liz Gleadle

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

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 appreciates crowd   photo by  Rita Ivanauskas

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.

For more information on the Continental Cup in 2014, whose schedule of Canadians in action, please click here .

-AC-