Canada’s athletics future looks as bright as ever.

The 54-athlete national junior team had one of its best performances ever at the Pan American U20 Championships in terms of medal count. Canadians went 1-2 in two events, including the women’s 1,500m and women’s 800m, and also earned a pair of medals in the women’s 3,000m thanks to Taryn O‘Neill and Sevanne Ghazarian.

Canada won 22 medals.

The all-time mark was set back in 1980 when Sudbury, Ont. hosted the event in what was a U.S vs. Canada dual in most events. That year, Canada won 39 medals. Canada won more than 30 medals on two other occasions, in 1982 and 1984.

More recently, in 2013, Canada won 19 medals. That year, Andre De Grasse, now a three-time Olympic medallist, made his first big splash on the international stage. In 2005, Canada won 18 medals on home soil when the championships were held in Windsor, Ont.

This year’s event, for athletes under-20 from Pan American countries, was held in Trujillo, Peru in what’s a busy time for Canadian athletics. The World Para Athletics Championships, Commonwealth Youth Games and Francophone Games all feature Canadian athletes and have taken place this past week, and, in some cases, will continue through to next week.

Medals

Gold

Victoria Tachinski – 800m (2:04.22)
Ashlan Best – 200m (23.27)
Jean-Simon Desgagnés – 3,000m steeplechase (8:56.57)
Laura Dickinson – 5,000m (16:39.50)
Lucia Stafford – 1,500m (4:21.70)
Camryn Rogers – Hammer throw (63.42m)

Silver

Jazz Shukla – 800m (2:04.52)
Laura Parkinson – 1,500m (4:25.03)
Marco Arop – 800m (1:47.08)
Kyle Madden – 1,500m (3:44.19)
Taryn O‘Neill – 3,000m (9:22.05)
Thomas Fafard – 5,000m (14:55.35)
Xahria Santiago – 400m hurdles (57.01)
Anastasios Eliopoulos – 110m hurdles (13.36)
Xahria Santiago, Victoria Tachinski, Ashlan Best, Kyra Constantine – 4x400m relay (3:33.19)

Bronze

Ashlan Best, Shyvonne Roxborough, Eunice Boateng, Kiera Galloway – 4x100m relay (45.14)
Kyra Constantine – 400m (52.63)
Sevanne Ghazarian – 3,000m (9:23.73)
Rachel Hyink – Pole vault (4.00m)
Mikella Lefebvre-Oatis – High jump (1.82m)
Dallyssa Huggins – Heptathlon (5,237 points)
Gabrielle Rains – Discus (53.06m)


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