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Athletics: Entries set for the 2009 Canadian Track and Field Championships & World’s Trials

OTTAWA - With the Canadian Track and Field Championships less than a week away entries have now closed revealing a deep field for the four-day event beginning June 25 at Varsity Centre in Toronto.

Exciting championship finals fill the competition schedule; highlights below with key potential finalists.

Thursday and Friday beginning at 1:45pm
Windsor Native Jamie Adjetey-Nelson and Toronto’s Massimo Bertocchi went head to head in the Decathlon Championships last year and are expected to do the same this year. There are 10 events divided up between two days starting with the 100m, Long Jump, Shot Put, High Jump and 400m Thursday and the 110m hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javelin and 1500m Friday.

Men Shot Put
Saturday at 2:00pm
2008 fourth place finisher Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, BC will look to better his Canadian record set last season in Beijing.

Women 400m Wheelchair
Thursday at 2:20pm
Jessica Matassa of Windsor, ON and Diane Roy of Hatley, QC were both finalists in this event at the 2008 Paralympic Games with Diane coming away with the bronze.

Women Ambulatory Long Jump
Thursday at 4:00pm
Stefanie Reid of Thornhill, ON has already improved her Canadian mark on two occasions this year.

Women 100m Wheelchair
Thursday at 6:05pm
Michelle Stilwell of Nanoose Bay, BC is entered in the 100m and 200m T52 events; Stilwell is the World record holder in both.

Men 1500m Wheelchair
Friday at 7:00pm
Paralympian Josh Cassidy will race in front of a hometown crowd looking for a Canadian title.

Women Long Jump
Saturday at 4:30pm
Two Olympians; Ruky Abdulai of Coquitlam, BC and Tabia Charles of Pickering, ON will vie for the top of the podium. Both athletes had their turn improving the Canadian record last season.

100m Hurdles
Saturday at 4:50pm
Arguably the highlight of the championships after going head to head in two major races already this year, Olympic bronze medalist Priscilla Lopes-Schliep of Whitby, ON and World Championships gold and silver medalist Perdita Felicien of Pickering, ON will take centre stage together once again with a Canadian title on the line.

Men 400m
Saturday at 5:20pm
2008 World Indoor Champion Tyler Christopher of Edmonton, AB will defend his 400m title held since 2006.

Men 100m
Saturday at 5:40pm
All four legs of the 4x100m Olympic team that placed 6th in Beijing will battle it out for the title of Canada’s fastest man. Pierre Browne of North York, ON, Jared Connaughton of New Haven, PEI, Anson Henry of Pickering, ON and Hank Palmer of Lasalle, QC.

Men 800m
Saturday at 5:50pm
Two-time Olympian and World Championships Silver Medalist Gary Reed will light up the track as he races towards his sixth national title.

Men 1500m
Saturday at 6:45pm
Nathan Brannen of Cambridge, ON and Taylor Milne of Guelph, ON finished one-two last week at the Festival of Excellence with just two-tenths of a second between them.

Women High Jump
Sunday at 11:30am
Nicole Forrester of New Market, ON will defend her National title and look to earn a spot on the 2009 World Championships team.

Men Hammer Throw
Sunday at 3:00pm
Lethbridge Alberta’s Jim Steacy is on the prowl to improve his Canadian mark while holding his long standing string of Canadian titles since 2004.

Toronto 2009

For information regarding the Canadian Championships and Worlds Selection Trials visit Tickets are available for the Trials by going to or by calling 1-866-9-GET-TIX.

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