The upcoming Team Sprint Challenge for the Pacific World Cup between China and Canada set for June 26 and 27 at the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Track Classic at Burnaby’s Swangard Stadium has captured the imagination of Canadian sprinters, both men and women. Team Canada’s head coach, Glenroy Gilbert is actively researching results to recruit and name his team in the next few weeks.
The past week has been an explosives start for Canada’s men sprinters. With meets in Baton Rouge, LA, Clermont, FL, Des Moines, IA and Doha, Qatar, Canadian men showed good early season form.
Aaron Brown of Toronto with his recent podium finish in the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, AUS leads the way with fine times in both the 100m and 200m. Toronto’s Bismark Boateng surprised many with his personal best in the 100m last Saturday in Baton Rouge. In the same meet Jerome Blake of the Okanagan and Sam Effah of Calgary got personal best and season best respectively.
With 9 month of recovery and rehabilitation followed by intense training, Andre De Grasse returned to the sprint wars at the Drake Relays and at the Diamond League in Doha. The triple Olympic medalist recorded his fastest 100m for a season opener in the Drake relays and a modest 200m in Doha. Expect him to take a few more competitions to find his peak form.
100m to May 4, 2018 Canadian men
10.12 Aaron Brown
10.14 Bismark Boateng
10.15 Andre De Grasse
10.24 Jerome Blake
10.24 Sam Effah
10.27 Ben Williams