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Aaron Brown wins his 10th Canadian sprint title

A recap of the top performances from the final day of the Canadian Track and Field Championships

Photo by: Mark Blinch/COC

On a national championship weekend missing many of its stars due to injury, Aaron Brown put on a season’s best performance to win the men’s 200m in 20.03 seconds on Sunday afternoon in Langley, B.C. The win marked Brown’s 10th national title in the last nine years.

Aaron Brown celebrating his 10th national title win at the 2022 Canadian Championships. Photo: athletepics.ca

Despite winning the men’s 100m in 10.16 (-0.1 m/s) the night before, Brown came out on Sunday afternoon in tip-top form to win the men’s 200m over Jerome Blake in 20.03 seconds (+1.8 m/s). Blake finished second in a time of 20.32, while Red Deer, Alta.’s, Jeremiah Lauzon was third in 20.71.

This marks the fourth time Brown has won both the 100m and 200m titles at the Canadian Track and Field Championships. He won his first Canadian title in 2013 and has since won five titles each in the 100m and 200m.

The 30-year-old sprinter has now won four straight national championships in the 100m and 200m (2018, 2019, 2021 and 2022; nationals were cancelled due to COVID in 2020). Brown had some motivation heading into the weekend, as his biggest fan was in attendance: his one-and-a-half-year-old son, Kingsley.

In the women’s 200m, Natassha McDonald ran a personal best time of 22.67 seconds to win her first national title. Her time was under the world standard of 22.80 but was not wind-legal (+2.1 m/s).

Lucia Stafford wins her first senior 1,500m title

The women’s 1,500m got off to a pedestrian start, with the women coming through 800m around 4:25 pace. Stafford led for the first few laps with Natalia Hawthorn sitting on her heels. Vancouver’s Glynis Sim was one of the first to make a move with 600m to go, while Stafford countered. The three women ended up in a sprint to the line with 200m to go, with Stafford taking the win in 4:17.22. Hawthorn was second in 4:17.39, while Sim landed on her first national podium for third place in 4:17.74.

Rob Heppenstall unleashes mid-distance kick to take the men’s 1,500m

In the first 800m of the men’s 1,500m championship, it did not seem like anyone wanted it. The race came down to a one-lap sprint among 12 contenders. 800m specialist Rob Heppenstall came out on top in the final lap to beat Kieran Lumb, Cameron Proceviat and William Paulson in 3:56.42.

If you missed the 2022 Canadian Track and Field Championships the full results can be found here.

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