Gavin Smellie of Maple, ON is really having the time of his life in this early 2018 track season. Any way you look at his season so far, everyone is astounded. Today he continued to impress as he recorded the 3rd fastest 100m in the world this year with his run away victory in Windsor, ON timed in 10.01 (1.4). A legal wind and 10.01 seconds, improving on his seasonal of 10.10 seconds set in Clermont, FL one week ago. This 31 year old graduate of Western Kentucky had personal bests of 100m-10.09 (1.1) in 2015 and 200m-20.38(1.6) in 2017. He seems to the improving like aged wine. His prime time is improving with age. He recorded 20.39(1.1) 7 days ago in Florida. This will be his 13th year in the sport of track and field.
Gavin Smellie has traditionally been the starting leg of our national 4x100m relay. This team won the bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. The hazards of this relay are many and Canada has had at least their share. The team was disqualified in the 2012 London Olympics after placing third and the 2015 Pan American Games after winning for stepping on the line. The woes continued with the injury to Andre De Grasse in 2017 at the London World Championships and the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Will this team break the trend in the Team Sprint Challnge with China on June 26 and 27 at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic at Swangard Stadium? Team Canada's coach, Glenroy Gilbert will announce his team on May 28. It seems highly likey that the team as pictured above will a good chance to be in Vancouver next month.
Leading Canadian men's 100m sprint times to date
10.01(1.4) Gavin Smellie
10.12(-0.7) Aaron Brown
10.14(1.9) Bismark Boateng
10.15(1.5) Andre De Grasse
10.22(1.2) Duan Asemota
10.23(1.9) Sam Effah
10.24(1.4) Jerome Blake