Last weekend was a long one in Canada, which athletes opportunities to celebrate with fireworks on the field of play in North America and Europe.
Cameron Levins won the S7 Marathon in Austria, with a time of 2:10:13 – beating the Olympic Qualifying Standard of 2:11:30. Levins is now in the mix with Tristan Woodfine and Ben Preisner to join Trevor Hofbauer on the start line in Tokyo.
The Boston Boost saw two Canadians speed to victory, as Marco Arop took home the men’s 600 metres in a time of 1:15, while Jerome Blake earned the win in the men’s 200 metres, with a time of 19.89 seconds.
Brent Lakatos had another four-medal weekend in the T53 classification at the Swiss Open para-athletics meet, highlighted by his win in the 1,500 metres. Teammate Tristan Smyth earned gold in the T53/T54 5,000-metre race.
Aaron Brown and Andre De Grasse were back on the track at the Diamond League event in the UK over the weekend, after competing at the Golden Spike in the Czech Republic last Wednesday. Brown and De Grasse took silver and bronze, respectively, in a rainy men’s 200 metres. Matthew Hughes also opened his 2021 season at Gateshead, crossing the finish line in 8:38.11 in the men’s 3,000-metre steeplechase.
Shot putter Sarah Mitton put in double duty in Arizona on the weekend. She took second in the women’s shot put on Thursday, with a throw of 18.52 metres at the Tucson Elite Classic. That throw was Mitton’s 10th throw over the Olympic Standard. She followed that up with a third-place finish at the USATF Throws Festival, with a throw of 18.46 metres.