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Madeleine Kelly and Marco Arop shine at Canadian Championships

A recap of the top performances from Day 3 at the Canadian Track and Field Championships

Photo by: athletepics.ca

It was a thrilling Saturday night on Day 3 of the 2022 Canadian Track and Field Championships from Langley, B.C. Marco Arop put his world-class talent on display in the men’s 800m, while Pembroke, Ont.’s Madeleine Kelly found herself on top of the podium again in a women’s 800m race that came down to the wire. 

Madeleine Kelly (middle) won her second national 800m title. Photo: athletepics.ca

The expectations for the women’s 800m were high, due to the depth in the championship field. Kelly had the third-fastest time heading into the final, and found herself in a great position around the 500m mark. Once she made her move with 250m to go along the outside, Lindsey Butterworth countered, as the two sprinted down the home straight in incredible fashion. 

Kelly dipped at the line to take the 800m title over Butterworth by 0.03 seconds, in 2:00.82. Butterworth took second in 2:00.85, while Toronto’s Jazz Shukla landed on her first national podium for third in 2:01.90. 

In the men’s 800m, Arop kept under control for the first lap before turning on the jets with 350m to go. Arop continued to grow his gap on the field, finishing in a season’s best time of 1:44.39. Canadian 800m record holder Brandon McBride finished second, just under the world championship standard in 1:45.15. Oliver Desmeules of Quebec City ran a personal best time of 1:47.11 to win bronze. 

Marco Arop runs a season’s best 1:44.39 in the men’s 800m final. Photo: athletepics.ca

Aaron Brown wins his fifth men’s 100m title

The 200m specialist tested his speed over 100m and came out on top, winning the men’s 100m in 10.16 seconds (-0.1 m/s). Despite Jerome Blake equalling his personal best in the semis, Brown managed to hold him off come the final, in a tight race to the line. Blake finished second to Brown in 10.19 seconds, while Edmonton’s Benjamin Williams surprised many for third in 10.35 seconds. 

Aiyanna-Brigitte Stiverne runs world standard in women’s 400m

Stiverne had the race of her career in the 400m final. Not only did she win, but she ran a massive personal best of 51.21 seconds, under the world standard of 51.35, which will earn her a spot on Team Canada for the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Ore. All of the pieces came together for Stiverne, as she confidently surged off the final bend to take the win. Ottawa’s Lauren Gale finished second in 51.61, while Natassha McDonald was third in 51.65.

How to watch and follow the 2022 Canadian Track and Field Championships

The 2022 Bell Canadian Track & Field Championships will be broadcasted live from Friday through Sunday, June 24 to 26 on AthleticsCanada.tv with a Runnerspace+ subscription. The schedule and live results can be found here.