From March 17 to 20, Canada’s track athletes will compete in the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon.
The team of fourteen named by Athletics Canada will be competing for medals in 10 events. Some of the athletes leading the way are Shawn Barber, Mohammed Ahmed, Crystal Emmanuel and Brianne Theisen-Eaton.
In January, Barber joined the elite six-metre club at an indoor meet in Reno, Nevada. The pole vaulter is also the reigning world champion, a feat he achieved a month after winning gold at the 2015 Pan Am Games.
Ahmed and Cameron Levins will be running in the 3000 metres. Back in September 2015, Ahmed set a new Canadian record in the 5000m at the final Diamond League meet of the year, breaking a 17-year-old mark with a time of 13:10.00. Ahmed set a new Canadian indoor record for the 3000m at the Millrose Games, finishing the race in 7:40.11. Both runners made their Olympic debut at London 2012, and are looking for a chance to go to Rio 2016.
Also competing in men’s competition are Mobolade Ajomale (60m), Philip Osei (400m), and Tim Nedow (Shot Put).
On the women’s side, Emmanuel seeks a return to the Olympic Games. She also made her Olympic debut at London 2012, and made it to the semifinals of the 200m. Emmanuel will be running alongside teammate Angela Whyte, who competed at the Games of Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008.
Theisen-Eaton and Georgia Ellenwood will take part in the pentathlon. Theisen-Eaton was at the previous IAAF World Indoor Championships in 2014, where she won the silver medal. She is the national record holder in the heptathlon scoring 6808 points in May 2015. She is the reigning world silver medallist in the heptathlon and made her Olympic debut at London 2012.
The IAAF World Indoor Championships are available to stream online at CBC Sports.