Brampton sprinter’s Olympic fate hangs in balance after 100-metre heats


Published July 30, 2021 at 3:51 am


Brampton sprinter Khamica Bingham is on the bubble to advance to women’s 100-metre semifinal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 28-year-old Bingham, who is a second-time Olympian, was fourth in her heat with a time of 11.21 seconds. The top three in each heat automatically advance to the semifinals, with the next-fastest runners also advancing. Bingham was one-20th off a second off the top three, finishing behind Jamaica’s Elaine Thompson-Herah (10.82), Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji (10.95) and Germany’s Tatjana Pinto (11.16).

Bingham made her Olympic debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016, overcoming a knee injury to run the anchor leg for a 4×100-metre relay team that finished sixth in the final.

Crystal Emmanuel, a Scarborough native, clocked 11.18 to finish third in her heat and move on to the next round.

Five other Brampton sprinters are on Canada’s 57-competitor athletics team.

  • Bismark Boateng: men’s 100-m and 4×100-m relay
  • Kyra Constantine: women’s 400-m and 4×400-m relay
  • Natassha McDonald: women’s 400-m and 4×400-m relay
  • Brendon Rodney: men’s 200-m and 4x-100 relay

    Gavin Smellie: men’s 100-m and 4×100-m relay

The heats for the men’s 100 metres begin at 6:45 a.m. EDT on Saturday.

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