Athletics Canada, the national governing body for track and field, made its biggest announcement in four years today by revealing the Rio 2016 roster.
The announcement came Monday at 1 p.m. EDT following the end of the Canadian track and field championships which concluded on Sunday afternoon. The organizing committee met in Edmonton on Sunday and into Monday to determine who would be named to the final team roster.
At nationals, the top two athletes in each event, provided they have a fast enough time in their respective event (the Olympic standard), automatically qualified for the team. If a third person was named, it was by virtue of the organizing committee’s discretion based on their ability to run fast at the Olympics.
The Olympic Games begin Aug. 5 in Rio and are set to conclude Aug. 21.
Notable: Cam Levins, the Canadian 10,000m record holder, was left off the team. Matt Hughes, despite not racing at the Olympic trials, was named to the men’s 3,000m steeplechase team. Rachel Cliff was not named to the women’s 5,000m team despite hitting standard recently. Jessica Smith and Fiona Benson, both with 800m standard, were not named to the team.
Men: Andre De Grasse, Aaron Brown and Akeem Haynes.
Women: Crystal Emmanuel.
Men: Brendon Rodney, Andre De Grasse and Aaron Brown
Women: Crystal Emmanuel and Kimberly Hyacinthe
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Men: No qualifiers.
Women: Carline Muir, Alicia Brown and Kendra Clarke.
Men: Brandon McBride and Anthony Romaniw.
Women: Melissa Bishop.
Men: Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, Nate Brannen.
Women: Gabriela Stafford, Nicole Sifuentes and Hilary Stellingwerff.
Men: Mo Ahmed and Luc Bruchet
Women: Andrea Seccafien and Jessica O’Connell.
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Men: Mo Ahmed.
Women: Natasha Wodak and Lanni Marchant
Men: Reid Coolsaet and Eric Gillis
Women: Lanni Marchant and Krista DuChene
Men: Taylor Milne, Chris Winter and Matt Hughes.
Women: Erin Teschuk, Maria Bernard and Geneviève Lalonde
Women: Phylicia George, Nikkita Holder and Angela Whyte.
Men: Johnathan Cabral and Sekou Kaba.
Men: No qualifiers.
Women: Noelle Montcalm, Sage Watson and Chanice Chase.
Men: Andre De Grasse, Brendon Rodney, Mobolade Ajomale, Segun Makinde, Akeem Haynes and Aaron Brown.
Women: Khamica Bingham, Crystal Emmanuel, Phylicia George, Farah Jacques, Marissa Kurtimah and Kimberly Hyacinthe.
Women: Sage Watson, Micha Powell, Carline Muir, Kendra Clarke, Chanice Chase and Alicia Brown.
Men: Damian Warner.
Women: Brianne Theisen-Eaton.