Edmonton - Day 3 of the 2016 Canadian Championships and Rio Selection Trials had no shortage of close competitions and dramatic finishes. In the most anticipated event of the night, sub-10 second 100-metre men, Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., and Aaron Brown of Toronto, Ont., met in the title race. With his patented ability to close down late in races, De Grasse crossed the line in 9.99 seconds to defend his Canadian title. Brown was second in 10.07 and Akeem Haynes of Calgary, Alba., edged Mobolade Ajomale of Richmond Hill, Ont., 10.23 to 10.25 for the last spot on the podium.
Current world champions, Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., and Shawn Barber of Toronto, Ont., battled some gusty conditions and the competition to claim Canadian titles. Crystal Emmanuel of Scarborough, Ont., proved to be the fastest women in Canada winning the 100-metre in 11.26.
After a surprising semifinal, the women’s 400-meter title appeared to be up for grabs. Hometown favourite, Carline Muir proved to be the class winning the title in 51.79. Only .05 seconds behind Muir and achieving the Olympic standard in second place was was Alicia Brown of Ottawa, Ont. Rounding out the top three was 19 year-old Kendra Clark of Edmonton, Ont., who achieved the Olympic standard by .01 seconds.
Day 3 Canadian Champions
Danika Guénard - Junior Women 10,000 Meters Race Walk, 1:02:49.46
Erik Thies - Junior Men 10,000 Meters Race Walk, 48:48.79
Katelynn Ramage - Senior Women 10,000 Meters Race Walk, 50:26.65
Mathieu Bilodeau - Senior Men 10,000 Meters Race Walk, 43:11.22
Robert Hughes - Men Para Seated Javelin, 11.08m
Brett Babcock - Men Para Seated Club Throw, 17.17m
Catherine Beauchemin - Junior Women 3000m Steeplechase, 10:24.85* Championship Record
Djami Diallo - Women Para Wheelchair 200m T33/34/51/52, 36.05
Ilana Dupont - Women Para Wheelchair T53/54 200m, 31.27
Austin Smeenk - Men Para Wheelchair 200m T34/51/52/53, 27.85
Curtis Thom - Men Para Wheelchair 200m T54, 25.96
Sarah Mickey - Women Para Seated Javelin, 12.55m
Lucia Stafford - Junior Women 1500m, 4:32.61
Ashley Pryke - Junior Women Javelin, 50.32m
Brendon Hoff - Junior Men 1500m, 3:56.81
Alyxandria Treasure - Senior Women High Jump, 1.88m
Caroline Ehrhardt - Senior Women Triple Jump, 12.97m
Camryn Rogers - Junior Women Shot Put, 13.77m
Holden Gill - Men Para Ambulatory 400m T20/36/37, 52.51
David Johnson - Men Para Ambulatory 400m T11/12, 53.80
Rebekah Eckert - Junior Women Triple Jump, 12.08m
Dakoda Darling - Men Para Seated Discus, 23.85
Natassha McDonald - Junior Women 400m, 54.48
Brendan Artley - Junior Men Javelin, 61.08m
Myles Banfield - Junior Men 400m, 47.18
Christel Robichaud - Women Para Seated Discus, 15.23m
Shawn Barber - Senior Men Pole Vault, 5.61m
Tristan Slater - Junior Men Pole Vault, 4.85m
Jesse Thibodeau - Junior Men Long Jump, 7.33m
Camryn Rogers - Junior Women Hammer, 56.72m
Brittany Crew - Senior Women Shot Put, 18.06m
Jennifer Brown - Women Para Ambulatory Shot Put, 10.44m
Peter Snider - Men Para Ambulatory 100m, 11.55
Tatiana Aholou - Junior Women 100m, 11.96
Chuba Hubbard - Junior Men 100m, 10.69
Carline Muir - Senior Women 400m, 51.79
Jharyl Bowry - Senior Men Long Jump, 7.58m
Nathan George - Senior Men 400m, 45.94
Derek Drouin - Senior Men High Jump, 2.30m
Gabriela Stafford - Senior Women 1500m, Time
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot - Senior Men 1500m, Time
Alex Dupont - Men Para Wheelchair 1500m, 3:21.73
Heather Steacy - Senior Women Hammer, 69.71m
Crystal Emmanuel - Senior Women 100m, 10.26
Andre De Grasse - Senior Men 100m, 9.99
Taylor Milne - Senior Men 3000m, 8:36.50
What to watch on Day 4
Shot Put Senior Men Final (12:00pm) & Shot Put Women Para Seated Final (1:00pm)
A pair of Canadian shot put stars, Tim Nedow of Brockville, Ont., and Pamela LeJean of Cape Breton, NS start off the final day in the field for the Canadian Championships and Selection Trials. The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist and 2015 Pan Am Games silver medallist, Nedow is looking to bust through the 21-metre and join the throwing elite. LeJean, who competes in the F53 category, won silver last October at the IPC World Championships and hopes to add a Paralympic medal this summer.
Pole Vault Senior Women Final (1:00pm) Standard = 4.50m
This year’s runner-up at NCAA Championships and pending Canadian record holder, Alysha Newman of London, Ont., headlines the field. Anicka Newell and Kelsie Ahbe each have the standard. This three-way battle for Rio and Canadian podium spots will make for a very exciting competition.
Long Jump Senior Women Final (1:00pm) Standard = 6.70m
At last year’s IAAF World Championships, Christabel Nettey of Surrey, B.C., placed a spot off the podium in fourth. The 2015 Pan Am Games champion looks primed to challenge her Canadian record and battle for a podium spot in Rio.
800m Senior Women Final (1:20pm) Standard = 2:01.50
The past twelves months, Melissa Bishop of Eganville, Ont., has been on fire. She’s broken the Canadian indoor and outdoor records along with claiming the silver medal at the 2015 World Championships. Looking to take on Bishop are 2012 Olympian, Jessica Smith of Vancouver and World Championship 800m semifinalist Fiona Benson of Dawson Creek, B.C., will look to book their trip to Rio.
800m Senior Men Final (1:30pm) Standard = 1:46.00
This year at the NCAA Championships, Brandon McBride of Windsor, Ont. took part in race that saw the US collegiate record go down. McBride finished runner-up with a time of 1:44.50 looks to continue building momentum and claim another Canadian title. After represent Canada at the World Championship in 2013, Anthony Romaniw of Hamilton, Ont., is back and ready to lock up a podium finish. Look out for Robert Heppenstall of Hamilton, Ont. In only his first year in university he reached the finals at the NCAA Championships and clocked a 1:46.92, which makes him the #7 junior in the world.
200m Senior Men Final (2:20pm) Standard = 20.50
With personal bests of 19.88 and 20.00, Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., and Aaron Brown of Toronto, Ont., are the class of the field. De Grasse’s 19.88 is the Canadian record for the event. The field looking to challenge includes recent NCAA 3rd place finisher and 4x100m World Championship teammate, Brendon Rodney of Brampton, Ont. Savvy veteran, Gavin Smellie of Etobicoke has the experience along with the Olympic standard.
110mH Senior Men Final (2:35pm) Standard = 13.47
Damian Warner of London, Ont., has the Olympic standard and is scheduled to contest this individual event. The 2015 World championship decathlon silver medallist is the reigning champion and tied the championships record at the 2015 edition. He should face a solid challenge from 2015 World champs competitors: Johnathan Cabral of Péribonka, Que. & Sekou Kaba of Ottawa, Ont.
100mH Senior Women Final (2:55pm) Standard = 13.00
The Olympic trio of Nikkita Holder of Pickering Ont., Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., and Angela Whyte of Edmonton, Alba., will receive a challenge from university hurdlers Chanice Chase of Toronto, Ont., and Nicole Setterington of London, Ont. George’s 12.74 is the fastest by a Canadian this year.