Gavin Smellie running

Gavin Smellie


Gavin Smellie was a member of the 4x100m relay team that looked like it had won the bronze medal at London 2012, only to be disqualified for a lane violation. He was also part of the team that found redemption in winning bronze at the 2013 World Athletics Championships, where he also competed individually at the worlds for the first time since 2009 as he made the semifinals of the 100m.

In 2014, Smellie competed at his first World Indoor Championships, making the 60m semifinal. That summer he won his first Canadian title, taking gold in the 100m. At the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, he was a finalist in the 200m.

Smellie was named to the Canadian team for the 2015 World Athletics Championships but because of a groin injury did not race as part of the 4x100m relay that won bronze. Earlier in the summer, Smellie competed at the 2015 Pan Am Games in Toronto where he ran leadoff for the 4x100m relay team that appeared to have won gold before another lane violation led to disqualification. He had previously encountered bad luck at the 2011 World Athletics Championships when he strained his hamstring while running the second leg of the 4x100m relay during the heats and had to be taken to hospital.

In May 2018, at the age of 31, Smellie ran the fastest 100m dash of his career and his time of 10.01 seconds was the fastest by a Canadian all season. In 2019, he was part of Team Canada at the Pan Am Games in Lima where he finished fourth with the 4x100m relay and then ended the season at the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

A Little More About Gavin

Getting into the Sport: His Olympic dream started as a child, especially while watching Donovan Bailey and Michael Johnson at Atlanta 1996 and their subsequent 150m showdown in Toronto… Began running track at 18 after transferring to Dante Aligheri Academy; had wanted to play soccer in hopes of getting a scholarship but school transfer rules didn’t allow him to actually play in his first year so he ended up in track and got a scholarship that way… Outside Interests: Graduated from Western Kentucky University in 2010… Relaxes by reading, playing videos, and getting together with friends and family… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Go hard or go home”… Role model is Michael Jordan… Moved to Canada with his family at age 14 for a better opportunity but had a tough time initially adjusting to the winter weather… Collects coffee mugs from his travels… Nickname: G Money…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
2012 LondonAthleticsRelay 4x100m - MenDQ
2020 TokyoAthletics100m - Men51

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2020 - 51st (100m); 2012 - DQ in Final (4x100m relay)

Pan American Games: 2019 - 10th (100m), 4th (4x100m relay); 2015 - DQ (100m), DQ (4x100m relay)

Commonwealth Games: 2018 - 13th (100m), DQ (4x100m relay); 2014 - 8th (200m), DNF (4x100m relay)

FISU Universiade: 2009 - 6th (200m), 8th (4x100m relay); 2007 - 5th (200m)

World Athletics Championships: 2019 - 8th (4x100m relay); 2017 – 30th (100m), 6th (4x100m relay); 2013 – 20th (100m), BRONZE (4x100m relay); 2011 – 17th (4x100m relay); 2009 – 28th (200m)

World Athletics Championships (Indoor): 2014 - 14th (60m)

World Athletics Relays: 2019 - 11th (4x100m); 2017 - GOLD (4x200m relay); 2015 - DQ (4x100m relay), DQ (4x200m relay); 2014 - 6th (4x100m relay)

NACAC Championships: 2018 - 5th (100m)

NACAC Championships (U23): 2008 - DNF (200m); 2006 - 10th (400m)

Pan American Championships (junior): 2005 - 6th (200m)