Rio 2016: How Canada’s track athletes celebrated qualifying for Rio
Athletics Canada named its largest Olympic team ever recently – and a few of the Rio 2016 hopefuls were more than excited.
Here are some of their responses to officially being named to Team Canada from the runners, jumpers, throwers and walkers Canadians will be cheering on at the Olympic Stadium in Rio.
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Damian Warner is headed to his second Games after placing fifth at London 2012 in the decathlon. Warner had a fantastic 2015 season, winning gold at TO2015 and silver at the IAAF world championships. In 2016, Warner took home the decathlon title at the Hypo meet with 8523 points.
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Kimberly Hyacinthe will represent Canada at her first Olympic Games this summer. The Team Canada sprinter will be competing in the 200m and 4x100m relay.
World champion Shawn Barber celebrated with his pole vault teammates Alysha Newman, Annika Newell and Kelsie Ahbe. All four will be first-time Olympians in Rio. Barber not only beat the world last year, he also reached the six-metre mark in his discipline, a rarity in pole vault.
Evan Dunfee will tackle the race walk double in Rio, competing in both the 20km and 50km events. After making his first international appearance in 2007, the Pan Am 20km race walk champ is ready to make his Olympic debut.
Long-distance runner Lucas Bruchet is excited to make his Olympic debut, after qualifying for Rio in the 5000m with teammate and national record holder Mohammed Ahmed, who won the race and will be heading to his second Games.
Sage Watson will be making her Olympic debut in Rio in the 400m hurdles and 4x400m relay. Watson previously won bronze during TO2015 with Canada’s 4x400m relay team and is hoping to repeat that success in Brazil.