Ontario Athletes Dominate at 2021 Olympic Trials

Ontario Athletes dominated this past weekend in Montreal, at the Complexe sportif Claude-Robillard, which saw some athletes punch their tickets to Tokyo, one break a Canadian record and many others capture Canadian championships. A total of 62 medals were brought home by Ontario athletes.

The first day of the competition was highlighted by three Olympic veterans, and natives of Ontario. Damian Warner, who is the reigning bronze medalist in the decathlon, participated in the Men’s long jump. Being the Canadian record holder and having already achieved Olympic Standard, Warner won the event with a jump of 7.81m.

Aaron Brown, who was a member of Canada’s bronze medal team in the 4x100m relay in 2016, took home gold in the 100m. Having already met the Olympic Standard in the event, Brown posted a time of 10.12, albeit with illegal wind, to take home his 4th national championship.

On the women’s side it was Crystal Emmanuel, who ran in both the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, taking home the gold in the 100m. Entering the race as the second ranked runner in the event, Emmanuel posted a quick time of 11.18s and is now an 8-time national champion. 

The second day of the event was highlighted by the conclusion of the Men’s Decathlon as well as the Men’s Hurdles, the 200 metre sprints and a tight Women’s Long Jump. Nathaniel Melcher took home the gold in the Decathlon, posting a points total of 7701. He finished first in the 100m, the 400m, the 1500m and the Pole Vault to secure his spot atop the podium. 

In the hurdles event, Warner found himself on top once more, with a time of 13.64, edging out Craig Thorne and Pierce Lepage who finished second and third respectively. On the track, Brown and Emmanuel found themselves as repeat winners taking gold in the 200m with times of 20.24s by Brown and 22.80s by Emmanuel. 

On the field, it was Jasmine Scott-Kilgo, from Windsor, Ontario, who found herself atop a podium after taking gold in the Women’s Long Jump. She posted a distance of 5.86m to just nearly edge out Emily Omahem who had a jump of 5.81m. 

The final day of competition brought the fireworks as events saw first time winners and broken national records. Keegan Gaunt, a para-athlete in the T13 division, smashed the Canadian Record in the women’s 1500m. She posted a blistering 4:57.54s, taking over 15 seconds off the previous record which sat at 5:16.20 for nearly 30 years. 

Julie-Ann Staehli, who trains out of Kingston and also ran in the 1500m, found herself a first-time national champion by posting a time of 4:08.53s edging out Lucia Stafford and Mariah Kelly. On the field it was Jesse Zesseu, of the Royal City Athletic Club, who found himself a first time national champion. Participating in Discus, in the F37 para division, Zesseu won the event with a throw of 43.78m. 

Congratulations to all the winners and to all athletes who participated, below is a list of our Ontario athletes who medalled at the 2021 Olympic Trials. A detailed list of all results can be found >> HERE <<

Women’s 400m Hurdles:
1 – Noelle Montcalm (56.34s)
2 – Kelsey Balkwill (56.92s)
3 – Taysia Radoslav (59.21s)

Women’s Javelin:
2 – Alexandria Webb (49.29m)

Men’s Decathlon:
1 – Nathaniel Melcher (7701 pts)
2 – Taylor Ehrhardt (7632 pts)
3 – Telvin Tavernier (6965 pts) 

Women’s 400m:
1 – Alicia Brown (51.95s)
3 – Zoe Sherar (52.73s)

Men’s 400m:
1 – Philip Osei (46.59)
2 – Myles Misener-Daley (46.71)

Men’s T38 400m:
1 – Zachary Gingras (53.78)

Women’s 100m:
1 – Crystal Emmanuel (11.18s)
2 – Khamica Bingham (11.24)
3 – Shyvonne Roxborough (11.48)

Women’s T64 100m:
1 – Marissa Papaconstantinou (13.48)

Men’s 100m:
1 – Aaron Brown (10.12s)
3 – Bolade Ajomale (10.36s)

Men’s T13 100m:
1 – Austin Ingram (11.50s)

Men’s Long Jump:
1- Damian Warner (7.81m)
3 – Jared Kerr (7.06m)

Women’s Triple Jump
1 – Caroline Ehrhardt (12.98m)
2 – Brittney Gibbs (11.61m)

Women’s 800m:
2 – Melissa Bishop-Nriagu (1:59.50)
3 – Madeline Kelly (2:00.30)

Men’s 800m:
1 – Robert Heppenstall (1:46.79s)

Women’s Shot Put:
1 – Sarah Mitton (18.21m)
2 – Grace Tennant (15.49m)
3 – Trinity Tutti (14.54m)

Women’s F41 Shot Put:
1 – Charlotte Bolton (8.77m)

Men’s 3000m Steeplechase:
2 – Alex Drover (8:50.17s)

Men’s Shot Put :
1 – Mark Bujnowski (17.35m)

Men’s 110m Hurdles:
1 – Damian Warner (13.64s)
2 – Craig Thorne (14.10s)
3 – Pierce Lepage (14.13s)

Women’s 100m Hurdles:
2 – Maria Abdul-Rashid (13.19s)
3 – Farah Jacques (13.44s)

Women’s 200m:
1 – Crystal Emmanuel (22.83s)
2 – Zoe Sherar (23.62s)

Women’s T64 200m:
1 – Marissa Papaconstantinou (27.94s) 

Men’s 200m:
1 – Aaron Brown (20.24s)
2 – Brendon Rodney (20.49s)

Women’s Hammer Throw:
1 – Jordana Badley-Castello (58.77m)

Men’s 5000m:
1 – Mike Tate (14:15.93s)
3 – Connor Tate (14:17.87s)

Women’s Long Jump:
1 – Jasmine Scott-Kilgo (5.86m)
2 – Emily Omahen (5.81m)
3 – Hayley Manners (5.61m)

Women’s Discus:
1 – Trinity Tutti (56.72m) 

Women’s F41 Discus:
1 – Charlotte Bolton (23.57m)

Men’s Discus:
1 – Jordan Young (63.38m)
2 – Mark Bujnowski (52.95m) 

Men’s F37 Discus:
1 – Jesse Zesseu (43.78m)

Women’s 1500m:
1 – Julie-Ann Staehli (4:08.83s)
2 – Lucia Stafford (4:09.61s)
3 – Mariah Kelly (4:10.95s)

Women’s T13 1500m
1 – Keegan Gaunt (4:57.54s)

Mixed Senior 4x400m Relay
1 – Philip Osei (45.00), Alicia Brown (53.340) — 3:17.304s
2 – Myles Misener Daley (45.010), Sonia Gaskin (55.959), Zoe Sherar (53.575) — 3:26.981s 

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