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Desgagnés, Fafard, Philibert-Thiboutot set for Olympic tune-up at Diamond League’s Assembly de Paris

The “Three Musketeers” of Canadian operating will get a really feel for racing in Paris this weekend earlier than a few of their Olympic competitors early subsequent month within the French capital.

Thomas Fafard is scheduled to make his Diamond League season debut Sunday on the Assembly de Paris, becoming a member of Charles Philibert-Thiboutot within the males’s 3,000 metres at 11:06 a.m. ET, a non-DL factors race. Jean-Simon Desgagnés races within the 3,000 steeplechase at 10:23 a.m.

Desgagnés and Philibert-Thiboutot competed on the BAUHAUS-galan Diamond League meet on June 2 in Stockholm.

The trio, coached by Quebec-based Felix-Antoine Lapointe, solidified spots on the Canadian Olympic crew finally week’s trials at Claude-Robillard sports activities advanced in Montreal.

Philibert-Thiboutot was second to Kieran Lumb within the 1,500 for a second consecutive yr. He had achieved the three:33:50 Olympic qualifying normal by 21-100ths of a second final July 16 in Silesia, Poland.

“A candy, candy private victory after lacking Tokyo 2021 by two world rating spots and operating the [Olympic qualifying] normal 3 weeks too late,” Philibert-Thiboutot wrote this week in an Instagram publish.

The 33-year-old from Quebec Metropolis will compete in his second Olympic 1,500 after putting eighth in his semifinal warmth on the 2016 Video games in Rio.


Reside streaming protection of Sunday’s observe and area meet begins at 10 a.m. ET and is on the market at CBCSports.ca, the CBC Sports activities app and CBC Gem.


Desgagnés, 25, gained his second straight Canadian title in 8:34.56, one month after putting eighth within the Stockholm (8:15.95). The native of Saint-Ferreol-les-Neiges, Que., certified for his first Olympics on world rating factors, having not run the 8:15.00 entry normal.

Excessive reward for Desgagnes

“Thanks to everybody who pushes me ahead each day,” Desgagnés wrote on Instagram. “Particular point out to the three musketeers, Thomas, Charles and myself, who will proudly characterize the group in Paris. This metropolis ain’t prepared.”

Philibert-Thiboutot considers Desgagnés, his good pal, the most effective hurdler on the planet within the steeplechase.

“His technicality over hurdles will make him harmful on the Olympics,” Philibert-Thiboutot stated of Desgagnés in a June interview with CBC Sports activities.

“He is been stacking months of coaching and staying wholesome, and the standard and quantity of his coaching has gone up within the final yr.”

Fafard arrived at nationals after decreasing the Quebec document to 7:41.20 in successful the three,000 on the Harry Jerome Monitor Traditional on June 15 in Burnaby, B.C.

In Montreal, his second-place efficiency within the males’s 5,000 behind reigning Olympic silver medallist Moh Ahmed represented his debut race as an expert with Brooks.

The 25-year-old’s 13:18.82 clocking was the second-fastest time of his profession behind a 13:05.07 effort in Could 7 in Brussels, the place he missed the Olympic normal by 7-100ths of a second. Fafard, from Repentigny, wanted a top-two end at Claude-Robillard to maintain his Olympic dream alive as he sat forty first of 42 athletes for choice.

Sprinter Jerome Blake rounds out the Canadian contingent at Stade Charléty in Paris. He ran a season-best 10.15 seconds within the 100m heats at nationals and 10.34 for seventh within the ultimate. Blake might be a part of the 4×100 relay in Paris, as he was in Tokyo three years in the past.

Kipyegon returns

Sunday would be the season debut within the girls’s 1,500 for Kenya’s Religion Kipyegon, who gained her fourth Diamond League Trophy final September in Eugene, Ore.

A yr in the past, Kipyegon broke the world document within the 5,000 (14:05.20) on the Assembly de Paris, one week after undertaking the feat within the 1,500 (3:49.11).

Kipyegon, who is anticipated to run each races on the Olympics, may face a troublesome check from just lately topped European champion Ciara Mageean of Eire in Sunday’s occasion at 11:50 a.m. ET.

A lot-anticipated steeplechase matchup

The ladies’s 3,000 steeplechase at 11:31 a.m. options the quickest runner within the occasion, Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya, towards her former compatriot, Winfred Yavi, who gained the 2023 world championship title in 8:54.29 in entrance of second-place Chepkoech (8:58.98).

Lately topped Euro champ Alice Finot of France can be in Sunday’s area of 13.

De Grasse in 100m at FBK Video games

Additionally Sunday, sprinter Andre De Grasse will characterize Canada on the FBK Video games in Hengelo, Netherlands.

He’ll carry momentum into the lads’s 100 ultimate at 1:27 p.m. ET after successful in 10.20 seconds on the Canadian championships.

Nevertheless, it was De Grasse’s twenty third consecutive time within the distance failing to complete in underneath 10 seconds since his 9.89 second-place end within the Diamond League Ultimate on Sept. 9, 2021 in Zurich.

Ferdinand Omanyala leads Sunday’s nine-man area with a wind-legal 9.79 SB at excessive altitude in Nairobi on June 15, second solely to Jamaica’s Kishane Thompson (9.77).

WATCH | Athletics North — Recapping 100m at Canadian Olympic trials:

Breaking down the 100m on the Canadian Olympic trials | Athletics North

Andre De Grasse & Audrey Leduc had been topped quickest man and lady in Canada on the 2024 Olympic & Paralympic trials final week, however what do their wins imply as Paris 2024 comes into focus? We speak to licensed observe nerd Morgan Campbell concerning the outcomes and the breadth of the Canadian athletics crew.

Diamond League calendar

  • Monaco — July 12
  • London — July 20
  • Lausanne, Switzerland — Aug. 22
  • Silesia, Poland — Aug. 25
  • Rome — Aug. 30
  • Zurich — Sept. 5
  • Brussels (DL Ultimate) — Sept. 13-14

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