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Athletics Canada announces new Olympic Trials date

The Tokyo 202(1) Trials are set to go ahead in Montreal next summer

Melissa Bishop

On Thursday morning Athletics Canada announced some good news–that the Olympic Track and Field Trials, originally scheduled for June 2020, are expected to take place from June 24 to 27, 2021. The announcement comes only two days after World Athletics announced their new qualification period: December 1 through June 29. Team Canada is expected to name their full Olympic squad following the trials. As scheduled, the event will be held in Montreal, at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard.

Andre De Grasse at Harry Jerome Track Classic 2018. Photo: Maxine Gravina

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As of now, there are only two Canadians who’ve secured their spot on the Olympic start line. The IOC announced two weeks ago that all athletes who earned a spot at the Tokyo 202(1) Games, will still have that spot when the Olympics run next year. This includes Canadian marathoners Dayna Pidhoresky and Trevor Hofbauer. Both runners satisfied Athletics Canada’s criteria last fall at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, where they won the Canadian Championships and ran under the Olympic standard (2:29:30 for women and 2:11:30 for men). The rest of the team will be named following the trials.

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Mohammed Ahmed and Lucas Bruchet finish first and second in the men’s 5000m final at the Athletics Canada 2016 Track and Field Trials at Foote Field in Edmonton on July 7.

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will take place July 23 to August 8, 2021, while the Paralympic Games will run from August 24 to September 5, 2021. This is one of the first of the cancelled Canadian track meets to announce a new date.

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