Butterworth and Gay smash the standard
Day 1 of the 2021 Canadian Olympic and Paralympic Trials presented by Bell was an opportunity for Canadian athletes to shoot for their event’s qualifying standard, or accumulate points to work their way to the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
For Lindsey Butterworth and John Gay: Mission accomplished.
Butterworth ran under the Olympic qualifying standard in the women’s 800-metres, winning her first national championship in a time of 1:59.19.
“I’m so happy and I knew it was there and I just wanted to go out and compete,” Butterworth said. “I know that all the girls in the women’s 800 are world-class, so I just wanted to get in there for the win.”
Gay made his case for Tokyo with a blistering time of 8:28.68 in the men’s 3,000-metre steeplechase.
2021 NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Marissa Papaconstantinou (T46)
Austin Ingram (T13)
Amanda Rummery (T46)
Zachary Gingras (T38)
Thomas Nordamdeau (T47)
|800m||Lindsey Butterworth||1:59.19||800m||Robert Heppenstall||1:46.79|
|400mH||Noelle Montcalm||56.34||3000mSC||John Gay||8:20.68|
|3000mSC||Regan Yee||9:31.07||Long jump||Damian Warner||7.81m|
|Triple jump||Caroline Ehrhardt||12.98m||Shot put||Mark Bujnowski||18.30m|
|Shot put||Sarah Mitton|
Charlotte Bolton (F41)
We are half-way through the men’s decathlon and Taylor Ehrhardt sits in the lead. Click here to view the results from the first five events in the most gruelling competition of the 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Trials presented by Bell.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY
“It was kind of the storybook ending to this long chase of a season that I’ve had. A week ago, I was going to hop on a flight to Sweden for a last-chance race and just had a gut feeling that that wasn’t where I’m supposed to be. I need to be here. I need run these national championships. They’re our Olympic Trials. I had actually already taken one of my three flights to get there and pulled the plug when we landed in Montreal a week ago. Here I am, a week later, and it’s just confirmation that gut instinct, as crazy as it was at the time, paid off.” – John Gay
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A LOOK AHEAD
Every event at the 2021 Olympic and Paralympic Trials presented by Bell is a FINAL, making it impossible to pick just two or three to highlight. So, here’s a look at tomorrow’s schedule:
|Saturday, June 26|
|19:15||FINAL||M / W||Hammer|
TRACKING OLYMPIC STANDARD
Heading into Trials, 10 athletes had been nominated to Team Canada (in bold font below) for the Olympic Games, while the following athletes have achieved the entry standard, including Lindsey Butterworth and John Gay who qualified today in Montreal:
|100m||100m||Andre De Grasse||9.90 (0.6)|
|200m||Crystal Emmanuel||22.65 (0.4)||200m||Andre De Grasse|
Kate Van Buskirk
|10,000m||Andrea Seccafien||31:13.94||10,000m||Mohammed Ahmed||26:59.35|
|3000mSC||Geneviève Lalonde||9:29.92||3000mSC||Matthew Hughes|
|High jump||High jump|
|Pole vault||Alysha Newman|
|Long jump||Long jump|
|Triple jump||Triple jump|
|Shot put||Brittany Crew|
|Shot put||Tim Nedow||21.11|
|Discus throw||Discus throw|
|Hammer throw||Camryn Rogers||75.52||Hammer throw|
|Javelin throw||Javelin throw|
|20km RW||20km RW|
|50km RW||Evan Dunfee|
*Nominated to Team Canada based on his World Rankings positions as of June 2.
^Qualified by designated competition (Tessier finished ninth at the 2019 IAAF World Championships).
Note: The following athletes have qualified by entry standard but have officially withdrawn from the event.
- Gabriela DeBues-Stafford (800m – 1:58.70)
- Gabriela DeBues-Stafford (5000m – 14:44.12)
- Aaron Brown (100m – 9.96)
- Justyn Knight (1500m – 3:33.41)
- Damian Warner (Long jump – 8.28m)
Athletes, National Team coaches, as well as Athletics Canada staff members, are available to members of the media throughout Trials by request via Zoom. Members of the media are asked to email Athletics Canada’s Communications and Marketing Manager, Amanda Nigh (firstname.lastname@example.org), to make the appropriate arrangements. Unless competing in more than one event, athletes will be available following each final or at a time that is convenient for both parties.
Access to photos and more
With the Claude Robillard track and field facility closed to all spectators, including members of the media, several resources have been made available:
- Audio clips
- Video clips courtesy RunnerSpace (AthleticsCanada.tv)
- Daily updates
- Start lists and results
- Historical Championships results
- Canadian records
To access these resources, members of the media were asked to complete the media accreditation form by Thursday, June 24. If you are having difficulties accessing the Dropbox folder, please contact Amanda Nigh (email@example.com).