Athletics | Canadian 4x100m relays head to Paris

Athletics | Canadian 4x100m relays head to Paris
Athletics | Canadian 4x100m relays head to Paris

The Canadian women’s and men’s 4x100m relay teams both qualified for the Paris Games on Saturday at the World Relay Championships, held in the Bahamas.


Posted at 9:38 p.m.

In the women’s 4 The quartet, at the start of the second of four qualifying waves, finished 2e rank behind the Poles, with a time of 42 s 98/100.

This result, their best of the season, earned them a place on the starting line in Paris.

Sade McCreath and Quebecer Marie-Éloïse Leclair were also part of the relay.

Leduc clocked the team’s best time, a spectacular 10.18 seconds, which allowed him to overtake four sprinters. The Canadian 100m record holder thus moved from 6e at 2e place during his relay. All that remained was for Crystal Emmanuel to validate the result.

The first two teams in each wave advanced to the final, thereby obtaining the Olympic ticket.

“My heart stopped, and I realized we had made it together,” McCreath told CBC. We were a little worried, but we focused on the task at hand and we were ready. »

“It’s incredible, I have no other words,” continued Leduc. When I handed the baton to Crystal, I yelled “Go girl,” but I don’t think she heard me.

“I heard you,” Emmanuel added.

— I saw on the screen that it was 2ewe were waiting for the result, it’s incredible,” concluded Leduc.

“I have been here a long time, seeing these women perform as expected, Canada must know that we have a team going to the Olympics,” added Emmanuel. It’s a very emotional moment, I’ve been to the Olympics three times and I’m lucky enough to bring other women with me. »

In the men’s 4 x 100m relay, Aaron Brown, Jerome Blake, Brendon Rodney and Andre De Grasse dominated their heat, with a time of 38.11 seconds, ahead of the Jamaicans. They also obtained their Olympic pass.

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