— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) May 20, 2018
Gavin Smellie ran the fourth best time in the world over 100m for the 2018 outdoor season on Saturday. The Maple, Ont. native finished in 10.01 to win the Johnny Loaring Classic in Windsor, Ont.
Smellie’s time has made him a serious contender in the selection process for the Canada-China Team Sprint Challenge that will take place June 26-27 at Vancouver’s Swangard Stadium.
— Harry Jerome Classic (@Harry_Jerome) May 11, 2018
The Team Sprint Challenge is part of the program for the 35th Harry Jerome Track Classic. Harry Jerome is Canada’s longest running track meet, and this year they have extended their program to include the sprint team challenge. The challenge consists of ten events, and the team with the highest score at the end of two days of competition will be awarded the Pacific World Cup.
Harry Jerome was a three-time Canadian Olympian who won the 100m Olympic bronze medal at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
Smellie has competed at the sport of track and field for 13 years, and continues to get better. At age 31, Smellie has just run a new personal best of 10.01, improving upon his previous personal best from 2015 of 10.09. Smellie was a member of the bronze-medal-winning 4x100m relay team at the Moscow World Championships in 2013.
Athletics Canada head coach Glenroy Gilbert is set to announce the team members for the Canada-China team challenge on May 28th. For more information or to purchase tickets for the event see here.