Three-time Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse will not be with Canada’s dash crew when it races on the worldwide stage for the primary time in additional than a 12 months.
Canada is sending a crew of 24 athletes to the World Athletics Relays subsequent month in Poland within the quest for Tokyo Olympic berths, however De Grasse and associate Nia Ali, the reigning world 100-hurdles champion from the U.S., expect their second child.
“With the plain focus being the Tokyo Olympics we’ve got made the choice to move on the World Relays this 12 months. I’ve a child due in early Might and would not need to threat being abroad when the infant arrives,” De Grasse mentioned in a press release. “I want the most effective for my teammates and for all concerned within the occasion.”
“I do know going into the championship that Glenroy (Gilbert), our head coach, will convey the message of qualifying for Tokyo earlier than anything,” mentioned Brown, who’ll race the lads’s 4×100-metre relay. “As one of many veteran leaders on this crew, I echo that sentiment.”
The meet marks the primary world monitor occasion because the begin of the COVID-19 pandemic, and can deliver collectively 1,000 athletes from 46 international locations vying for spots in each the Tokyo Olympics and 2022 world championships in Eugene, Or.
De Grasse and Brown had been each on the lads’s 4×100 relay that received bronze on the 2016 Olympics, however it has but to qualify for Tokyo.
“Globally, everybody has struggled over the previous 12 months, however in Canada we’ve got confronted various challenges together with a number of lockdowns and a scarcity of coaching house for our athletes,” Gilbert mentioned.
The 24 Canadians will collect for a coaching camp in Baton Rouge, La., earlier than travelling to Poland.
“Because of the world pandemic it has been nicely over a 12 months since this group has educated or competed collectively,” Gilbert mentioned. “This camp will likely be important in constructing again the group cohesiveness and unity, to not point out the talents required to run quick as a crew.”
De Grasse, a 26-year-old from Markham, Ont., received silver within the 200 and bronze within the 100 on the identical world championships in 2019 in Doha, Qatar, that Ali captured the ladies’s hurdles title. Ali scooped up their daughter Yuri for her victory lap, whereas her son Titus from a earlier relationship ran alongside them.
- Bolade Ajomale, Richmond Hill, Ont., 4×100 metre.
- Andre Azonwanna, Toronto, 4×100.
- Khamica Bingham, Caledon, Ont., 4×100.
- Jerome Blake, Kelowna, B.C., 4×100.
- Bismark Boateng, Brampton, Ont., 4×100.
- Aaron Brown, Toronto, 4×100.
- Alicia Brown, Ottawa, ladies’s and combined 4×400.
- Leya Buchanan, Mississauga, Ont., 4×100.
- Austin Cole, Sherwood Park, Alta., combined 4×400.
- Joshua Cunningham, Scarborough, Ont., combined 4×400.
- Crystal Emmanuel, Toronto, 4×100.
- Shaina Harrison, Vaughan, Ont., 4×100.
- Farah Jacques, Gatineau, Que., 4×100.
- Audrey Leduc, Quebec Metropolis, 4×100.
- Sade McCreath-Tardiel, Ajax, Ont., 4×100.
- Philip Osei, Toronto, Ont., combined 4×400.
- Micha Powell, Montreal, ladies’s and combined 4×400.
- Madeline Worth, Toronto, ladies’s and combined 4×400.
- Brendon Rodney, Etobicoke, Ont., 4×100.
- Zoe Sherar, Kitchener, Ont., ladies’s and combined 4×400.
- Gavin Smellie, Brampton, Ont., 4×100.
- Aiyanna Stiverne, Laval, Que., ladies’s and combined 4×400.
- Katherine Surin, Montreal, ladies’s and combined 4×400.
- Sage Watson, Medication Hat, Alta., ladies’s and combined 4×400.