Wet conditions couldn’t dampen the spirits of the athletes or the capacity crowd at Terry Fox Stadium in Ottawa on Friday night. Three-time Olympic medal winner, Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., successfully defended his title as the fastest man in Canada winning the men’s 100-metre final in 10.11. Following De Grasse across the line were runner-up Brendon Rodney of Brampton, Ont., in a personal best 10.18 and Gavin Smellie of Etobicoke, Ont., in bronze medal position with a time of 10.23.
In the women’s competition, Crystal Emmanuel proved once again to be Canada’s fastest woman with a winning time of 11.20 seconds. Emmanuel’s win and time secured a spot on the Canadian roster at next month’s IAAF World Championships. University student-athlete Leya Buchanan of Mississauga, Ont., took home silver with Flings Owusu-Agyapong rounding out the podium.
In the women’s javelin finals, Liz Gleadle of Vancouver broke the championship meet record. Her fourth round throw of 60.62m eclipsed the mark previously set at 2012 Olympic Trials by almost half a metre.
Olympic bronze medallist in the decathlon, Damian Warner of London, Ont., won the men’s long jump with best effort of 7.53m. Canadian record holder Christabel Nettey of Surrey, B.C., won the women’s long jump with a distance of 6.23m on her only attempt. A pair of university athletes, Jordan Young of Windsor, Ont., and Agnes Esser of McBride, B.C., picked up titles in the men’s and women’s discus competitions.
Canadian Champions – Friday
U20 Women 100m – Shyvonne Roxborough, 11.68
U20 Men 100m – Karson Kowalchuk, 10.55
Senior Women 100m – Crystal Emmanuel, 11.20
Senior Men 100m – Andre De Grasse, 10.11
U20 Women 3000m Steeplechase – Laura Dickinson, 10:16.25 *Championship Record
U20 Women Discus – Gabrielle Rains, 51.60m *Championship Record
U20 Men Discus – Joseph Maxwell, 54.96m
U20 Women Shot Put – Trinity Tutti, 14.92m
Senior Women Discus – Agnes Esser, 50.95m
Senior Women Long Jump – Christabel Nettey, 6.23m
U20 Women High Jump – Alexa Porpaczy, 1.77m
Senior Women Javelin – Liz Gleadle, 60.62m *Championship Record
Senior Men Discus Final – Jordan Young, 62.76m
Senior Men Long Jump – Damian Warner, 7.53m
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