Weekend recap: Andre De Grasse begins his season with 2 wins

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The nation’s greatest observe star kicked off his season, a high thrower reached the rostrum and a marathon document holder did not qualify for the Olympics. Here is a take a look at probably the most notable outcomes for Canada’s Summer time Olympic athletes over the weekend:

Andre De Grasse received his first two races of the season.

After doing just a few indoor 60m occasions over the winter, the reigning Olympic 200m champion opened his out of doors marketing campaign on the East Coast Relays in Jacksonville, Fla., the place he lives and trains.

On Friday night time, De Grasse ran a wind-aided 20.11 seconds within the 200m. That was the quickest time amongst all 15 heats, although the competitors wasn’t very stiff.

On Saturday, De Grasse clocked a wind-legal 10.11 within the 100m to clip reigning Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs of Italy in a photograph end for the quickest general time. Two-time world championship bronze medallist Trayvon Bromell was third in 10.14. De Grasse, Jacobs and Bromell prepare collectively in Jacksonville underneath coach Rana Reider.

De Grasse struggled for a lot of the previous two seasons earlier than successful the 200m on the Diamond League Ultimate final September in 19.76 — his finest time since 2021. The six-time Olympic medallist has set his sights excessive for this 12 months, aiming to achieve the rostrum within the 100, 200 and 4×100 for the third consecutive Summer time Video games and even break the Canadian 100m document of 9.84 seconds shared by Donovan Bailey and Bruny Surin.

It is onerous to gauge De Grasse’s 200m efficiency on Friday due to the sturdy tailwind. However his 10.11 within the 100 was his finest time in practically two years. He’ll nonetheless have to get right down to 10 seconds to qualify for the Olympics within the 100 (he is already met the 200 normal), however this was an excellent begin.

De Grasse is predicted to compete within the 4×100 on the World Athletics Relays within the Bahamas this weekend.

Sarah Mitton took silver within the Diamond League.

After putting fourth in a stacked season opener two weekends in the past in Xiamen, China, Canada’s high shot putter improved to second at Saturday’s meet close to Shanghai. Mitton, the silver medallist finally 12 months’s world championships, completed behind back-to-back worlds gold medallist Chase Jackson of america. Reigning Olympic champ Gong Lijiao of China was fourth after successful the opener.

Mitton, who beat Jackson to seize the indoor world title final month, was proud of the end result regardless of feeling “disconnected” in her first two out of doors occasions of the season. “It is early within the season and a few of the technical items of my throw are nonetheless a piece in progress,” she mentioned.

The one different Canadian within the meet was ladies’s steeplechaser Regan Yee, who completed ninth after putting eighth the week earlier than. She must decrease her time by just a few seconds to achieve the Olympic normal.

Worldwide standouts included Swedish pole vaulter Mondo Duplantis, who received for the second straight week after breaking his personal world document in Xiamen; and South African sprinter Akani Simbine, who received the lads’s 100m in 10.01 to beat former world champions Christian Coleman (10.04) and Fred Kerley (10.11) of america.

Reigning ladies’s 100m world champion and 200m bronze medallist Sha’Carri Richardson suffered her second consecutive upset within the 200. In Xiamen, the American star completed second behind Australian teenager Torrie Lewis. This time, she was third behind winner Daryll Neita of Nice Britain.

Learn extra concerning the Shanghai meet on this story by CBC Sports activities’ Doug Harrison. The following Diamond League cease is Might 10 in Doha.

Natasha Wodak missed out on the Olympics.

Together with her qualifying window about to shut, the Canadian ladies’s marathon document holder’s final probability to earn a spot in Paris was Sunday in Hamburg. Needing a time of two hours, 26 minutes, 50 seconds (about 3½ minutes off her Canadian document of two:23:12), Wodak might muster solely a 2:30:24 as quad and belly points derailed her run.

“That is marathoning for you,” Wodak mentioned. “This sport will be superb but additionally merciless.” Very merciless: the Olympic qualifying window opened simply 5 weeks after Wodak broke her pal Malindi Elmore’s Canadian document in September 2022 in Berlin. Elmore, 44, is the one Canadian ladies’s marathoner who has met the Paris qualifying normal.

Canadian males’s marathon document holder Cam Levins may even be going to Paris. He got here inside 20 seconds of his personal nationwide half-marathon document on Sunday, clocking 1:00:38 seconds to complete eighth in his race in Turkey.

Different high Canadian outcomes from the weekend:

* Golfers Nick Taylor and Adam Hadwin teamed up for a Tenth-place end on the PGA Tour’s Zurich Traditional of New Orleans, a two-man occasion received by Northern Eire’s Rory McIlroy and Eire’s Shane Lowry. Taylor, ranked twenty seventh on the earth, and Hadwin, ranked forty eighth, have been buddies since they have been children in Abbotsford, B.C. They’re on observe to seize Canada’s doubtless two entries on this summer time’s Olympic males’s match, however 51st-ranked Corey Conners will not be far behind Hadwin with a couple of month and a half left within the qualifying window. Conners and fellow Canadian Taylor Pendrith tied for eleventh on the Zurich Traditional.

* Judokas Shady Elnahas and Arthur Margelidon received gold whereas top-ranked Christa Deguchi was additionally among the many Canadian medallists on the Pan American and Oceania Championships in Brazil. Deguchi, ranked No. 1 on the earth within the ladies’s 57kg weight class, took silver after shedding her closing to former Olympic champion Rafaela Silva of Brazil. Margelidon is ranked seventh within the males’s 73kg class whereas Elnahas is fifth within the males’s 100kg.

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