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Athletics: Athletics Canada names 31 to Berlin World Championships Team

OTTAWA - Athletics Canada named today 31 athletes who will compete in the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany from August 15-23. At the same time Athletics Canada is also launching www.athletics.ca/berlin2009 featuring up to date information leading into and throughout the World Championships. Visit the site for all your event information needs including the schedule of events, results, flash quotes, the team media guide and the CBC broadcast schedule.

"The Berlin World Championships will be the first significant measure on our path to London 2012," comments Head Coach Alex Gardiner. "Our top athletes including Priscilla, Dylan, Perdita, Gary, Nate and the men's 4x100m team are showing good form and are in their final phase of preparation for Berlin; each are capable of a podium finish. Our next wave of young athlete's is just as exciting and for them this is a chance early in the quadrennial to test where they stand." Gardiner adds, "We expect improvement from all team members throughout the next three years and to be in a position in 2012 to challenge the podium in several events."

The men's 4x100 and the women's 4x400 metre teams have both qualified to take on the world in Berlin. The men posted a seasonal best time of 38.62 at the Aviva Grand Prix in London this past weekend and the women's team enters with a seasonal best of 3:30.85. The 4x100 team finished 6th at the Olympic Games last summer.

Canada also qualified a team entry in the men's Marathon World Cup being contested within the 12th World Championships in Athletics.

Name

Event

Hometown

Coach

Ruky Abdulai

Long Jump

Coquitlam, BC

Jarrold Jones

Esther Akinsulie

4x400m

Ottawa, ON

Hugh Conlin

Dylan Armstrong

Shot Put

Kamloops, BC

Anatoliy Bondarchuk

Bryan Barnett

4x100m

Edmonton, AB

Quin Sekulich

Nathan Brannen

1500m

Cambridge, ON

Ron Warhurst

Jared Connaughton

4x100m

New Haven, PEI

Monte Stratton

Reid Coolsaet

Marathon

Hamilton, ON

Dave Scott-Thomas

Sam Effah

4x100m

Calgary, AB

Brenda Van Tighem

Alice Falaiye

Long Jump

Mississauga, ON

Marc Christie

Perdita Felicien

100m Hurdles

Pickering, ON

Gary Winckler

Sultana Frizell

Hammer Throw

Perth, ON

Anatoliy Bondarchuk

Kelsie Hendry

Pole Vault

Saskatoon, SK

Rick & Susanne Petrucha

Kimberly Hyacinthe

4x400m

Lachenaie, QC

Daniel St-Hilaire

Jennifer Joyce

Hammer Throw

Kamloops, BC

Anatoliy Bondarchuk

Rachel Lavallée

20km Racewalk

Peterborough, ON

Stafford Whalen

Priscilla Lopes-Schliep

100m Hurdles

Whitby, ON

Anthony McCleary

Giitah Macharia

Marathon

Oakville, ON

Steven Keating

Jenna Martin

4x400m

Bridgewater, NS

Charles Scarrow

Carline Muir

4x400m

Edmonton, AB

Derek Evely

Amonn Nelson

4x400m

Calgary, AB

Brenda Van Tighem

Hank Palmer

4x100m

Lasalle, QC

Daniel St-Hilaire

Adrienne Power

4x400m

Halifax, NS

Peter Lord

Tara Quinn-Smith

Marathon

Toronto, ON

Hugh Cameron

Gary Reed

800m

Victoria, BC

Wynn Gmitroski

Gavin Smellie

4x100m

Etobicoke, ON

Erik Jenkins

Andrew Smith

Marathon

Toronto, ON

Hugh Cameron

Oluseyi Smith

4x100m

Ottawa, ON

Glenroy Gilbert

Brianne Theisen

Heptathlon

Humboldt, SK

Todd Johnston

Robin Watson

3000m Steeplechase

London, ON

Dave Scott-Thomas

Angela Whyte

100m Hurdles

Edmonton, AB

Wayne Phipps

Dylan Wykes

Marathon

Kingston, ON

Steve Boyd

 

Canada has captured medals at the last three World Championships; most recently two silver medals in Osaka, Japan in 2007 won by Perdita Felicien and Gary Reed in the 100 metre hurdles and 800 metres respectively.  Overall Canadian teams have won medals at eight of the eleven Worlds; the highlight being the 1995 edition with two golds, one silver and one bronze for a total of four medals.  

 


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