Brampton sprinters win men’s and women’s 100-metre titles at Canadian championships


Published June 27, 2022 at 3:15 pm

Aaron Brown, right, of Toronto, edges out Jerome Blake, of Kelowna, B.C., to win the men's 100 metre sprint at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Langley, B.C., on Saturday, June 25, 2022. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

A pair of sprinters from Brampton took top podium spots at the Canadian Track and Field Championships last weekend.

The competition was dealt a blow when six-time Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse announced he was sidelined with COVID-19, but Brampton’s Aaron Brown and Jerome Blake of Kelowna put on a show in the men’s 100-metre final in Langley, B.C. on Saturday night.

Brown won gold in 10.16 seconds, edging out Blake by 0.03.

“It’s good man, it feels good to get another win,” the 30-year-old from Brampton said, after signing a couple dozen autographs. “Anytime I come to the championships, it’s all about coming out healthy, getting the wheels turning, and getting ready for world championships. That’s exactly what I did — the win is bonus.”

Khamica Bingham, also of Brampton, won the women’s 100-metre contest with a time of 11.44.

Brown, whose young son Kingsley was in the crowd, wasn’t thrilled with the winning time. His best is 9.9, but with the sun going down, the temperature had cooled off, and the slight tailwind they’d enjoyed in the semifinals was gone. Edrick Floreal Jr. had also been disqualified due to a false start.

“The wind was kind of dead for the final. And then the false start, but things happen,” Brown said. “You’ve got to be professional about it and go about your business and still execute.”

Earlier, Marco Arop passed Brandon McBride down the backstretch en route to victory in the men’s 800 metres.

Arop, a 23-year-old from Edmonton, crossed in one minute 44.39 seconds, while McBride, the Canadian record-holder from Windsor, Ont., finished in 1:45.15, dipping under the world championship standard.

The Canadian championships are the final chance for athletes to hit qualifying marks for the world track and field championships which run from July 15 to July 24 in Eugene, Oregon.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 25, 2022.


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