Canadian athletics enjoys successful morning in Rio

Damian Warner

The morning session saw a number of strong performances from Canadian athletes.

Damian Warner of London, Ont., led off the morning by earning 1029 points (13.58) in the decathlon 110-metre hurdles.

Alyx Treasure of Prince George, B.C., set a personal best in women’s high jump qualifying leaping over the auto-qualification mark of 1.94-metres on her third and final attempt.

Both sprint relay teams made it through to the final. The men and women set seasonal best times to earn the chance to race for the podium tomorrow evening. The women got through on time, 42.70. The men nabbed an auto-qualification spot placing third in their heat in 37.89. The time ranks second all-time behind the Canadian record of 37.69 set in the final of the 1996 Olympic Games.

Women’s 4×100-metres relay heats

Team Canada, 4th in heat 1, 42.70 SB q
Farah Jacques to Crystal Emmanuel to Phylicia George to Khamica Bingham

Khamica Bingham “We’re so excited, my teammates did a wonderful job out there, Farah got a good start, Crystal held us in there, Phylicia brought it in nice and strong, I had to finish strong to catch the Chinese, we’re happy and ready for the final.”

Farah Jacques “C’est ma première experience, au début j’étais un peu nerveuse, mais maintenant je me sens tellement excité, je suis prête à demain, je vais être encore meilleure.”

Crystal Emmanuel “It’s amazing to come out here and make the final with these girls, we’re very confident, we sleep dreaming about these exchanges, we’re going to go out there and run a fast time in the final.”

Phylicia George, “I didn’t get much sleep last night after running in the 100-metre hurdles final, I’m excited to get proper rest ahead of tomorrow’s final.”

Men’s 4×100-metres relay heats

Team Canada, 3rd in heat 1, 37.89 SB Q
Akeem Haynes to Brendon Rodney to Aaron Brown to Mobolade Ajomale

Aaron Brown “We did a phenomenal job, we had to rest Andre for his 200m final (tonight), we had four guys who could step up and hold it down for the team, we ran a phenomenal time from lane two, it wasn’t even a perfect race, we have a chance to medal. There’s a special performance coming, look out for that.”

Men’s shot put qualifying

Tim Nedow, 20.00m, 16th overall

“Warm up didn’t feel that great, my first throw I just tightened up like crazy, that’s one of the disadvantages of being tall, if I tighten up it’s pretty much over. Second throw I was more relaxed, threw 20-metres which isn’t that bad, but it’s not great either. I wished that would have been my first throw, third throw again I tightened up at the last second, if not I feel like that would have been over 20.50-metres. At this level you can’t do that. Unfortunately 20-metres wasn’t enough to make it through.”

Women’s high jump qualifying

Alyx Treasure, 1.94m PB, 8th in Group B Q
1.80m: O / 1.85m: O / 1.89m: O / 1.92m: XO / 1.94m: XXO

“I really wanted to get that bar (1.94m) and qualify automatically to the final. Had a couple of jumps that I was struggling a bit, but I got it under control. I got a little too excited, was trying to hard, just had to pull myself back, get back under control. I’m excited about an Olympic final!”

Decathlon – Damian Warner

110-metre hurdles: 1st in heat 4, 13.58 1029 points
Discus: X/42.43m/44.93m – 765 points


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