The Grand Prix d’Athlétisme de Montréal will feature Canadian Olympic and Paralympic athletes up against top ranked athletes from around the world. The three-hour block of high level competition on Saturday, Feb. 11, will take place at the conclusion of day one of the 2018 Hershey Canadian Indoor U18 / U20 Championships.
The weekend of top flight youth, junior and international athletics will take place Feb. 10 and 11 at Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard. Admission is free thanks to the event’s corporate partners. If you’re not in Montreal you can catch all of the action live on www.athleticscanada.tv.
Here’s a list of events to keep an eye on:
International women’s shot put - 6:30 p.m.
Brittany Crew of East York, Ont., has been moving up the ranks since competing at the 2016 Olympic Games. In 2017, Crew won a gold medal at FISU’s Summer Universiade and placed sixth at the IAAF World Championships. The newly minted Canadian indoor record holder will take on a field that includes four-time World Championships competitor Jeneva Stevens of the U.S. and 2016 Olympic teammate Taryn Suttie of Saskatoon.
Para ambulatory women’s 200-metres - 7 p.m.
Marissa Papaconstantinou of Toronto, a finalist at the 2017 IPC World Championships, will face stiff competition in the 200-metres. She’ll compete against Madison Wilson-Walker of Dorchester, Ont., in addition to Femita Ayanbeku and Beatriz Hats of the U.S.
International men’s mile - 7:10 p.m.
A couple of Canada’s top young milers, Corey Bellemore of Windsor, Ont., and Thomas Riva of Qualicum Beach, B.C., look to clock a sub-four performance and take home the win. The qualifying standard for the IAAF World Indoor Championships is 3:55.00 and after dropping some significant time off his personal best this indoor season, Bellemore hasn’t been too far off. Riva won the Canadian outdoor 1500-metre title in 2015. Sub-four performers Peter Callahan of Belgium and Brandon Hudgins of the U.S. should challenge for the top spot.
International men’s 60-metres hurdles - Round 1: 7:20 p.m.; final: 8:45 p.m.
Canadian Olympians Johnathan Cabral of Péribonka, Que., and Sekou Kaba of Ottawa race in the International men’s 60-metre hurdles. A solid field will make for some fast racing, including 2014 Commonwealth Games 110-metre hurdles champion Andrew Riley of Jamaica, 2017 event champion and Olympian Eddie Lovett of the Virgin Islands and top-10 world-ranked Shane Brathwaite of Barbados.
International women’s 60-metres hurdles - Round 1: 7:30 p.m.; final: 8:35 p.m.
A trio of Canadian Olympians will take on some top international competition in the women’s 60-metres hurdles. Team captain at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and fourth fastest 60-metre hurdler in Canadian history, Angela Whyte of Edmonton looks to test her early season form. Whyte was nominated earlier this month to compete in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the heptathlon. Chanice Chase of Ajax, Ont., and Farah Jacques of Ottawa will also compete in Montreal. The Ivory Coast’s Karel Ziketh and Nnenya Hailey of the U.S. should challenge for the win.
International men’s long jump - 7:35 p.m.
With three competitors having lifetime bests of over the eight-metre mark, the international men’s long jump final is an event that shouldn’t be missed. Olympic finalists Tyrone Smith of Bermuda and Damar Forbes of Jamaica (currently ranked fifth in the world) headline this talented field. Keep an eye on Jarvis Gotch and Cal Lane of the U.S. who should each vie for the top spot on the podium.
International women’s 60-metres - Round 1: 7:55 p.m.; final: 9 p.m.
Canadian Olympian and IAAF World Championships 200-metre finalist, Crystal Emmanuel of Pickering, Ont., will take on some top competition in the international women’s 60-metres. World-ranked No. 1 in the 60-metres, Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast is set to compete. Ahoure has won multiple World Championships medals and has been in fine form to kick-off the 2018 season. Javianne Oliver of the U.S. and sub-11 second 100-metre performer Schillonie Calvert of Jamaica help make this a deep and exciting race to watch.
International men’s 60-metre - Round 1: 8:05 p.m.; final: 9:10 p.m.
Canada’s Sam Effah and Andre Ford will take on some top competition in the international men’s 60-metres. The field includes Olympians Jeff Demps of the U.S., Emmanuel Matadi of Liberia and speedster Brandon Carnes of the U.S.
International women’s 400-metres - 8:15 p.m.
Sage Watson of Medicine Hat, Alta., is starting off 2018 in the fine form she displayed in 2017. The recent Arizona graduate won the 2017 NCAA 400-metre title, placed sixth at the World Championships and broke the Canadian 300-metre record last weekend at the Millrose Games. Looking to chase down Watson are Olympic team members Noelle Montcalm of Belle River, Ont., and Micha Powell of Toronto, in addition to Margaret Bamgbose of Nigeria.
International women’s mile - 8:25 p.m.
What a start to the 2018 season it’s been for Kate Van Buskirk of Brampton, Ont. On Jan. 27, Van Buskirk established a new Canadian mile record by clocking a time of 4:26.92. A week later she became the second fastest Canadian at 300-metres. Buskirk should face a challenge from fellow Canadian and Olympian Nicole Sifuentes of Winnipeg and 2017 World Championships competitor Sarah Vaughn of the U.S.