June 16, 2022


World Athletics Heritage installation at Swangard Stadium. from right Olympians Doug Clement, Lynn Kanuka, Diane Clement, Mayor Mike Hurley of Burnaby and Brian Pound of Achilles Society

The 2022 Jerome Classic was named by World Athletics today in Monaco as ranking in the top 8% of all track and field competitions. The world’s governing body scores the Competition Performance Rankings of almost 800 global Invitational/Open  Events. This process puts the Vancouver Sun Harry Jerome Classic as the top event in the new Athletics Canada’s 2022 National Track and Field Tour (NTF Tour).

Marek Jedrzejek

Marek Jedrzejek, Chair of the Achilles  International Track and Field Society said  

“Our Board of Directors are extremely happy with the World Athletic announcement of the  2022 Jerome Classic position when compared to events around the world. Our group is particularly excited as this follows closely, World Athletics president, Seb Coe awarding the Jerome Classic a World Heritage Plaque last Monday”.

Nigel Hole

Nigel Hole, the Jerome Classic meet director said "Thomas Iverson (International Athletes Manager) and I invested a lot of time analyzing the Road to Oregon data on worldathletics.org. That investment in research, combined with an objective and transparent travel support framework, paid dividends as we were able to attract 81 international athletes representing 23 different countries. A great example of this was Janee' Kassanavoid of the United States who is ranked in the top 10 all time in the women's hammer and won here with a world-ranked throw of 75.37m. We are also pleased that our crowd of 2300 seemed to enjoy the jumbotron and finish line fireworks."

The NTF Tour continues today with the Victoria Classic on the UVIC campus.



#1 Pacific Distance Festival May 14 Burnaby, BC

#2 Loaring Classic May 12  Windsor, ON

#3 Vigars Classic May 28, London, ON

#4 Montreal Classic June 5 Montreal, ON

#5 Inferno Classic June 8, Guelph, ON

#6 CALTAF Classic June 12 Calgary, AB

#7 Jerome Classic June 14 Burnaby, BC

#8 Victoria Classic June 16, Victoria, BC

#9 Kamloops Throws Festival June 18, Kamloops, BC

#10 National Championships June 22-26, Langley, BC

#11 Edmonton invitational July 3, Edmonton, AB

NTF TOUR has started with competitions in Burnaby, BC , Windsor, ON and  London, ON. The strong results are tracked with a weekly statistical Top Twenty compilation. Many of the athletes will follow their dreams and gain selection to the 2022 World Athletic Championships, Eugene, Oregon, 2022 Commonwealth Games, Birmingham, UK and the World Athletic Championships U20 in Cali, Colombia.

The Top Twenty scores over the first 7 stops is presented below.

Christabel Nettey
The Jerome Classic 1500m
Ben Flanagan