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Brandon McBride joins Oregon Track Club Elite

The Canadian 800m record holder will get a change of scene for the 2022 season

IAAF World Championships 800m

Canadian 800m record holder Brandon McBride has parted ways with his former collegiate coach, Chris Woods, and will be joining Oregon Track Club Elite (OTC) for the 2022 season.

Brandon McBride
Brandon McBride at the 2017 Canadian Track and Field Championships. Photo: Canadian Running

McBride will be joining fellow Canadian middle-distance runner William Paulson and the third-fastest 800m runner of all-time (1:41.73), Botswana’s Nijel Amos, who was second to the great David Rudisha at the 2012 London Olympics. “I am looking forward to this exciting opportunity with OTC,” McBride says. “They have a great middle-distance group.”

The Windsor, Ont. native holds a personal best time of 1:43.20, which is the fastest 800m time ever run by a Canadian. McBride has battled injuries in the last two seasons, which led him to a disappointing finish at the Tokyo Olympics.

Since the Tokyo Olympics, McBride has been driven about getting back to 100 per cent: “I have my eyes on a return for the outdoor season,” he says.

He will now be coached by Mark Rowland, who has had a lot of success working with middle-distance runners Francine Niyonsaba, Ben Blankenship, Hanna Green and Amos.

2021 Prefontaine Classic: Francine Niyonsaba Wins the two mile. Photo: Pat Holleran/Shannon Digital Imaging

For the past five years, McBride spent time with Windsor’s Border City AC and his old collegiate coach at Mississippi State University, with fellow Canadian 800m runner Marco Arop, who came off a career-best season on the Diamond League in 2021, with five podium finishes.

McBride is a two-time Olympian (2016 and 2020) and a World Championship finalist (2017).

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