As the world combats the effects of Covid-19 what passed for normal has been scrapped, putting undue pressure on Canadian Olympians preparing for an uncertain future. They have met with mixed fortunes.
Top Canadian athletes confirmed they are ready for the IAAF World Championships London 2017 as they produced notable performances over four days at the national championships in Ottawa’s Terry Fox Athletic Facility 6-9 July.
Fresh from breaking the world indoor 1000m record in Stockholm three days ago, Ayanleh Souleiman was targeting a 3:33 performance over 1500m at the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix, the fourth and final IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting of 2016, but the world indoor champion over the distance had to concede defeat to the perennially underrated Moroccan Abdalaati Iguider on Saturday (20).
Kenya’s defending champion Euince Sum ended up having to settle for the bronze medal on this occasion after a tense and enthralling three-way battle down to home straight as Marina Arzamasova returned the world 800m title to Europe on Saturday.
Jeffrey Henderson produced a world-leading 8.52m in the long jump while Melissa Bishop and Andre de Grasse bagged more gold medals for hosts Canada on Wednesday (22) at the Pan American Games in Toronto’s York University stadium.