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Athletics Canada has announced the 50-athlete contingent to represent Canada at World Athletics Championship. Team Canada will consist of 26 female athletes and 24 male athletes, 4 less than the team of 54 last year. The championship is set to be held in Budapest, Hungary from August 19 to August 27.
The Canadian athletes at World Athletics Championship will look to build on and better their successful campaign in 2022 where they had 4 medals, one of gold and bronze each and two silver.
Which athletes are likely to win a medal for Canada at World Athletics Championship?
Camryn Rogers will look to go one better than her silver in Hammer Throw in the 2022 edition in the US and aim for the gold. Sarah Mitton will be a prime contender in her discipline of Shot Put with everyone expecting her to bring home the Gold.
Pierce Lepage and Damian Warner will be among Canadian athletes at the World Championship to fight for medals in the Men’s Decathlon.
Canadian track and field medal hopes
Track and field is becoming Canada’s strong suit in the championships and a lot of Canadian Athletes in the World Athletics Championship have the promise of bringing glory.
Canada are the current world champions of the 4×100 meter relay race. The team of Andre De Grasse, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney and Jerome Blake stunned the strong U.S team on their home soil to achieve that medal in the 2022 championship. The Canadian relay team in Hungary will look to secure a top spot for Canada at World Athletics Championship again.
Aaron Brown and Andre De Grasse are both competing in the Men’s 200 meters and will look to secure a medal in this discipline as well. The dream scenario would be both of them getting a medal and rewriting history books. Marco Arop, the bronze medalist of 2022 Men’s 800 meter, is coming into the tournament with good form and will look for another podium finish at the very least.
Debutant Canadian athletes at World Athletics Championship
Hungary 2023 will see several athletes make their debut for Canada at World Athletics Championship. Savannah Sutherland, an up and coming Women’s 400 meter Hurdles, who is also the reigning Canadian champion of the discipline, is one of the more prominent debutants.
Ben Flanagan, a holder of numerous records in Canadian 5K and half-marathon, will compete in the 5000 meter race in for Canada at World Athletics Championship. Jazz Shukla, Simone Plourde and Kieran Lumb will also be competing in the tournament for the first time.
Team Canada at World Athletics Championship
Aaron Brown, Adam Keenan, Aiyanna Stiverne, Alysha Newman, Andre De Grasse, Anicka Newell, Ben Preisner, Benjamin Flanagan, Bismark Boateng, Bolade Ajomale, Brendon Rodney, Brooke Overholt, Camryn Rogers, Ceili Mccabe, Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, Damian Warner, Django Lovett, Duan Asemota, Ethan Katzberg, Evan Dunfee, Grace Konrad, Jazz Shukla, Jean-Simon, Desgagnes, Jerome Blake, Jillian Weir, Julie-Anne Staehli, Justin Kent, Khamica Bingham, Kieran Lumb, Kinsey, Middleton, Kyra Constantine, Lucia Stafford, Madeleine Keely, Madeline Price, Malachi Murray, Marco Arop, Mariam Abdul-Rashid, Micha Powell, Michelle Harriso, Mohammed Ahmed, Natasha Woda, Pierce LePage, Regan Yee, Rory Linkletter, Rowan Hamilton, Sarah Mitton, Sasha Gollish, Savannah Sutherland, Simone Plourde, Zoe Sherar.*
The list of athletes was accurate at the time of writing.
With good performance in last year’s edition and the recent good form of some of the participants, expectations will be high from Canadian athletes at World Athletics Championship. While expectations bring its own pressure, it shows how Canadian athletes are progressing on the world stage.
Track and field in particular is a huge thing in the country now and podium finishes will only fuel the fanfare in the future. The participating athletes will therefore no doubt try their best to win medals for Canada at World Athletics Championship in Budapest.
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