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Canada’s Fastest Sprinter Andre De Grasse Will Run At the Nationals In Edmonton

 

TrackTown Canada is pleased to confirm that Andre De Grasse, Canada’s fastest-ever sprinter, is to compete at the Canadian Track & Field Championships. From July 2nd to July 5th, Foote Field in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada will be a star-studded scene as De Grasse is joined by Canadian superstar athletes such as pole vaulter Shawn Barber, long jumper Christabel Nettey, heptathlete and long jumper Brianne Thieson Eaton, decathlete Damian Warner, javelin thrower Liz Gleadle, high jumper Derek Drouin, hammer thrower Sultana Frizell, 100m/200m sprinter Aaron Brown and Edmonton’s hometown favorite 100mH sprinter Angela Whyte.

As the reigning NCAA men’s champion in the 100m and 200m, De Grasse, who races for the University of Southern California, is now the current Canadian record holder in the 200m with a legal time of 20.03 from the PAC-12 championships he won last month.

After running a slight wind-assisted time of 9.75, De Grasse won the 2015 100m NCAA title just six days ago on June 12th in Eugene, Oregon. The day was also marked by his recorded fastest time ever by a collegiate runner under any conditions in the 200m: 19.58 with a 2.4 wind aide. De Grasse is now being called “the future of Canadian track”, and an obvious Olympic hopeful.

University of Akron Junior Shawn Barber, also having a remarkable season this year, is confirmed to be competing at the Nationals. The record-smashing pole vaulter is already the greatest in Canadian history and currently ranked No. 7 in the world. Barber’s personal best jump of 5.91 metres, both a NCAA Collegiate Indoor Record and Canadian Indoor Record in the men’s pole vault was made on March 13th, 2015. His outdoor personal best of 5.90 metres set this year is the current national record and he has just come off winning an NCAA title just seven days ago.

Christabel Nettey solidified her world ranking by recently winning her first long jump Diamond League competition in New York this past weekend and her consistency this season is nothing short of amazing. Nettey has three of the top six jumps in the world in 2015, including a leap of 6.99 metres at the end of May that not only broke her own Canadian record of 6.98 metres set six weeks earlier, but also tied her for top spot this season alongside Tianna Bartoletta of the U.S.

The Nationals will also be a chance to see Fiona Benson, who recently won the Portland Track Festival 800-metre high-performance section with a new personal best of 1:59.94, her fourth consecutive personal best.  She is the fifth Canadian in history to break the two-minute barrier in a race alongside two of the other four Canadians to break it, Melissa Bishop and Jessica Smith who are also expected to compete in the Nationals in Edmonton.

TrackTown Canada CEO Peter Ogilvie shares, “Canada has never had a crop of young athletes like we have right now. These are global leaders shattering crazy records and at such a young age! We are ecstatic to have them at the Nationals here in Edmonton. This is a very big deal for our city to have the honor to truly witness the extraordinary – the absolute best of Canada!”

On the eve of the Pan Am Games, Canadian track and field athletic stars are ready to continue achieving record times and personal bests in the presence of excited fans of all ages at Foote Field’s state-of-the-art facility this July at the Canadian Track & Field Championships, hosted appropriately in Edmonton by TrackTown Canada!

Tickets

Tickets are on sale now for as low as $12 per person and available through TrackTown Classic’s website: www.tracktownclassic.com or through the TrackTown Canada mobile app available at the Apple App Store or Android Store.

Social Media

More information about the event can be found on TrackTown Canada’s Facebook page and on Twitter (@tracktowncan).

TrackTown Canada is committed to setting a standard of excellence in the sport of athletics by hosting premier events, creating a supportive environment for elite athletic performances, improving facilities and inspiring the next generation of track & field athletes, coaches, volunteers and fans.

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