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All 4 of Canada’s particular person monitor and subject medallists from the Tokyo Olympics have alternatives to win medals this weekend on the World Athletics Championships in Oregon. Plus, a gifted teenager who struggled in Tokyo appears able to make a run on the podium. Listed here are the Canadians to look at on Friday night time, Saturday and Sunday because the worlds come to an in depth:
Andre De Grasse (males’s 4x100m relay)
By profitable gold within the 200m and bronze within the 100m on the Tokyo Olympics, De Grasse prolonged his medal run in particular person occasions at main championships to an unbelievable seven in a row. The streak ended final weekend when the 27-year-old, who was coming off a bout with COVID-19, did not advance previous the semifinals of the 100m at worlds. De Grasse then skipped his greatest race, the 200m, with a view to relaxation up for the 4×100, which begins with the heats tonight at 9:05 p.m. ET.
Canada’s lineup tonight will be the same because the one which took Olympic bronze (later upgraded to silver) final summer time: Aaron Brown, Jerome Blake, Brendon Rodney and De Grasse. The ultimate is Saturday at 10:50 p.m. ET.
Regardless of 100m champion Fred Kerley being out with a leg harm suffered within the 200m semifinals, the USA will probably be powerful to beat due to its unmatched depth. Marvin Bracy and Trayvon Bromell took silver and bronze within the 100m final weekend, and 2019 world champ Christian Coleman was sixth. 200m gold medallist Noah Lyles and bronze winner Erriyon Knighton are additionally candidates to run the 4×100 relay.
Canada additionally has a crew within the girls’s 4x100m heats at 8:40 p.m. ET, however it’s not thought of a medal contender.
Marco Arop (males’s 800m)
Heading into this meet, the knock on the powerfully constructed 23-year-old was that perhaps his physique and thoughts weren’t fairly attuned to the pains of the foremost championships. Arop has received 3 times on the Diamond League circuit, the place the races are one-offs, however he sputtered out within the second spherical on the Olympics final summer time.
Arop answered that criticism in emphatic trend final night time, working a tactically sound semifinal through which he appeared to get stronger because the race went on. Arop did not win his semi — African champion Slimane Moula overtook him on the finish with a flailing ending kick that appeared to require each ounce of his power — however the Canadian was in full command of the race as he secured the top-two end wanted to advance to the ultimate on Saturday at 9:10 p.m. ET. Arop’s competitors as he seeks his first major-championship medal will embrace reigning Olympic champ Emmanuel Korir of Kenya. Learn extra about Arop’s impressive semifinal effort and watch it beneath.
WATCH | Canada’s Marco Arop races into 800m remaining:
Moh Ahmed (males’s 5,000m)
Anticipated to contend for his third consecutive major-championship podium within the 5,000 after taking bronze on the 2019 worlds and silver on the Tokyo Olympics, Ahmed needed to work for a spot within the remaining. The highest 5 in every warmth robotically advance, and the Canadian completed fifth final night time — only a millisecond forward of the sixth-place runner. Ahmed’s time of 13:15.17 would have earned him a wild card anyway, however nonetheless: it was an unexpectedly troublesome check. “The sport has modified,” Ahmed stated. “Everyone is match. Everyone is nice proper now.”
The ultimate on Sunday at 9:05 p.m. ET options three gold medallists from the Tokyo Olympics. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptegei received the 5,000 there and claimed his second consecutive world title within the 10,000 final weekend (Ahmed completed sixth in that occasion). Ethiopia’s Selemon Barega received the ten,000 in Tokyo and Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen took the 1,500.
Damian Warner (decathlon)
The Olympic champion’s try to seize his first world title lastly begins Saturday, when the primary 5 legs of the decathlon happen. Motion begins with the 100m at 12:50 p.m. ET and ends with the 400m at 9:55 p.m. ET. The ultimate 5 legs on Sunday start with the 110m hurdles at 12:35 p.m. ET and shut with the 1,500m at 10:20 p.m. ET.
Warner, 32, has received nearly each decathlon title you possibly can consider — Olympics, Commonwealth Video games, Pan Am Video games (twice) and the celebrated Hypo Assembly in Austria (a file seven instances). He added a world indoor crown within the seven-event heptathlon this yr. However he is nonetheless searching for that elusive decathlon world title after taking silver in 2015 and his second bronze in ’19. Study what makes Warner such a great decathlete by watching this video. Learn concerning the two high-school English lecturers who helped mildew Warner into an Olympic champion in this story by CBC Sports activities’ Devin Heroux.
Evan Dunfee (males’s 35km race stroll)
Dunfee received bronze within the males’s 50km race stroll at each the 2019 world championships and final yr’s Olympics. However, regardless of the Canadian’s passionate lobbying, his favorite occasion has been dropped from this system, leaving Dunfee with the shorter 35km race on Sunday at 9:15 a.m. ET. He completed seventh within the 35K on the world race strolling crew championships in March.
In the meantime, the 31-year-old is already fascinated about life after athletics. Dunfee is working for metropolis council this fall in his hometown of Richmond, B.C.
Different stuff to know:
*Canada’s Liz Gleadle is within the girls’s javelin remaining tonight at 9:20 p.m. ET. She launched the seventh-best throw total in qualifying.
*Canada’s Lindsey Butterworth will run within the first warmth of the ladies’s 800m semifinals at 9:35 p.m. ET.
*Final night time’s 200m finals had been electrifying. Jamaica’s Shericka Jackson received the ladies’s gold by working the second-fastest time ever — 21.45 seconds, trailing solely Florence Griffith-Joyner’s legendary 21.34 on the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Then, defending champ Noah Lyles led a U.S. sweep of the boys’s podium by laying down a 19.31 that broke Michael Johnson’s American file from the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and made Lyles the third-fastest 200m runner of all time, behind Jamaica’s Usain Bolt and Yohan Blake. Kenny Bednarek took silver and 18-year-old phenom Erriyon Knighton bought the bronze. Watch the boys’s race here and the ladies’s here.
The right way to watch:
CBC Sports activities’ unique stay protection of the world championships is on now and continues every single day by means of the conclusion of the meet on Sunday. Occasions are being proven stay on CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports activities app and the free CBC Gem streaming service, and there will probably be weekend broadcasts on the CBC TV community. Examine the complete streaming and broadcast schedule here for particulars.
CBC Gem can be carrying a stay every day primetime present specializing in protection of the day’s occasions with broadcasters Andi Petrillo, Mark Lee, Kate Van Buskirk, Michael Smith and Scott Russell trackside. It is preceded by a every day 30-minute digital present hosted by Olympian Anastasia Bucsis with reporting from Devin Heroux, who’s on the bottom in Eugene. That present is obtainable on CBC Gem, CBCSports.ca and the CBC Olympics Twitter, Fb and YouTube feeds.