The 2016 Olympic Standards fell for several Canadian track and field women this week despite excess wind blocking the possibility for some.
A new national record and Olympic standard was made by Alysha Newman when she pole vaulted 4.60m in Coral Gables, Florida. We now have 3 vaulters qualified for Rio as Melanie Blouin and Kelsey Ahbe both cleared 4.50m in 2015.
Taryn Suttie of Saskatchewan set a personal best and Olympic Standard with her 17.88m shot put mark in Phoenix, Arizona.
At the same meet, Heather Steacy of Lethbridge , Alberta meet the Olympic Standard with her second best ever hammer throw of 72.09m.
Christabel Nettey long jumped 6.88m(2.2) wind aided but did register a legal 6.66m(0.0). the Olympic standard is 6.70m
Sage Watson of Calgary, Alberta moved to the top of the list in the 400m hurdles with her personal best of 55.45 seconds in Tuscon, Arizona. Marks by Sarah Wells at 55.65 and Noel Montcalm at 55.98 from 2015 give Canada 3 athletes under the Olympic qualifying mark of 56.20 seconds. Chanice Chase of Toronto ran 56.66 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to heat up the Race for Rio.
At the same meet, Phylicia George was plagued by excess following wind as he ran 12.82(2.9) second for the 100m hurdles. Her mark of 12.87)(-0.3)seconds in 2015 exceeds the Olympic standard of 13.00 along with Nikkita Holder, 12.85(1.4), Chanice Chase 12.95(1.7) and Brianne Theisen-Eaton(-0.7).