2022 World Athletics Championships Recap

The World Athletics Championships took place in Eugene, Oregon, over the past ten days; the events started on Friday, July 15th, 2022, and came to a close this Sunday, July 24th. Team Canada had many ups and downs throughout the competition, but overall, this year’s World Championships was one to remember. Let’s take a look at some of Ontario’s notable performances!

On Friday, the men’s 100m heats took place; they were super speedy as seven men dipped under the 10-second barrier. Aaron Brown and Andre De Grasse secured spots in the 100m semi-finals. On Saturday, Brown clinched a spot in the final after running a season’s best of 10.06 in the semis. Brown was the only Canadian to make it through to the final after De Grasse did not qualify as he continued to battle a long recovery from COVID-19. In the 100m final, Brown finished eighth, crossing the line at 10.07. 

Sunday brought Canada’s first medal as Camryn Rogers from Richmond B.C. won silver in the hammer throw final. Fellow hammer thrower and team co-captain Jillian Weir from Ontario finished fifth with a throw of 72.41m; this was her best performance at a World or Olympic-level event. Mohammed Ahmed, Canadian 10,000m record holder, finished sixth in a fast closing 10,000m final, with a time of 27:30.27.Wednesday brought some disappointment as Brandon McBride, the Canadian 800m record holder, ended up on the ground in the 800m heats after jostling for positions; McBride persevered and got up, crossing the line in 1:57.43. Although Athletics Canada appealed McBride’s race, unfortunately, the protest was denied. On Thursday, Brown returned, finishing seventh in the 200m final with a time of 20.18 seconds. 

Saturday was a great day for Canada! Ontario athletes Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney and Andre De Grasse, ran alongside Jerome Blake in the 4X100m. In the exciting final, De Grasse passed American anchor Marvin Bracy to capture gold. The quartette ran the quickest time in the world this season and set a National Record. This was Canada’s first world championship gold in the 4X100m since Robert Esmie, Glenroy Gilbert, Bruny Surin, and Donovan Bailey won 25 years ago at the 1997 World Championships in Athens. 

The final day brought even more success for team Canada. Pierce LePage won silver in the decathlon taking home his first ever world medal after running a season’s best of 4:42.77 in the 1,500m. LePage had a fantastic decathlon obtaining personal bests in the 400m, 110m hurdles, and discus. Three Ontario athletes Natassha McDonald, Zoe Sherar, and Kyra Constantine competed with Aiyanna Stiverne in the women’s 4X400m finishing fourth, achieving a personal best finishing in a time of 3:25.18. These ladies whipped out the fourth fastest Canadian women’s 4X400m time in history. As a cherry on top, Mohammed Ahmed, defending Olympic 5,000m silver medalist, finished fifth in the 5,000m against a stacked final heat.  

See below for full list of Ontario Athletes results.






Mohammed Ahmed  Niagara Olympic Club 5,000m  5th 13:10.46
Mohammed Ahmed Niagara Olympic Club 10,000m 6th 27:30.27
Khamica Bingham  Brampton TFC 100m  34th  11.30
Khamica Bingham  Brampton TFC 4x100m 10th Overall: 43.09
Aaron Brown Star Athletics/Phoenix Athletics 100m  8th 10.06 SB
Aaron Brown Star Athletics/Phoenix Athletics 4x100m 1st  Overall: 37.48 WL
Aaron Brown Star Athletics/Phoenix Athletics 200m 7th 20.18
Leya Buchanan Nike 4x100m 10th  Overall: 43.09
Kyra Constantine Project Athletics 4x400m 4th  Overall: 3:25.18 SB
Andre De Grasse Speed Academy 100m   20th 10.21
Andre De Grasse Speed Academy 4x100m 1st Overall: 37.48 WL
Crystal Emmanuel Unattached 100m 39th 11.48
Crystal Emmanuel Unattached 4x100m 10th Overall: 43.09
Lauren Gale Ottawa Lions 200m  25ft 23.08
Lauren Gale Ottawa Lions 400m  29th 52.46
Lauren Gale Ottawa Lions 4x400m 4th  Overall: 3:25.18 SB
Natalia Hawthorn Thunderbirds TFC / Brooks Running 1500m 23rd 4:07.37
Maddy Kelly Royal City AC 800m 33rd  2:02.71
Pierce Lepage Unattached Decathlon 2nd 8701 pts
Jacqueline Madogo Royal City AC 4x100m 10th Overall: 43.09
Brandon McBride Border City Athletic Club 800m 41st 1:57.43
Jillian Weir  Unattached Hammer Throw 5th 72.41
Natassha McDonald Project Athletics 400m  28th 52.41
Natassha McDonald Project Athletics 4x400m 4th  Overall: 3:25.18 SB
Trinity Tutti SISU Throws Discus Throw 30th 54.36
Kinsey Middleton Unattached Marathon 26th 2:32:56
Alysha Newman Bolton Pole Vault Pole Vault 16th 4.35
Lucia Stafford Royal City AC 1500m 34th 4:09.67
Ben Preisner Mile2Marathon Marathon 28th 2:11:47 SB
Brendon Rodney Unattached 4x100m 1st Overall: 37.48 WL
Zoe Sherar Royal City AC 4x400m 4th  Overall: 3:25.18 SB


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