Elite Edge Club sprinters Justyn Warner, Crystal Emmanuel and Tremaine Harris are among nine London Olympians who will represent Canada at this weekend’s Penn Relays in Philadelphia.
Warner, a first-time Olympian, was a member of the national 4 x 100-metre relay team that was denied a bronze medal after Jared Connaughton stepped on the line as he rounded the turn on his third leg. Warner was earlier eliminated in the 100-metre semi-final with a personal best 10.09 secs.
Warner and Connaughton, along with T.J. Lawrence, Gavin Smellie, Dontae Richards-Kwok and Oluwasegun Makinde, are part of the men’s relay team that will compete in Philadelphia.
Also competing in their first Olympics, Emmanuel – in 2011 she became the first Canadian woman in eight years to win the 100- and 200-metre events at the national championships – finished 21st in the 200-metre event, while Harris was 29th in the same event in London last summer.
Born in Scarborough to Barbadian parents, Emmanuel spent nine years in the Caribbean island with her mother, who was caring for her ailing mom. The young athlete attended St. Lucy Secondary School and Christ Church Foundation and honed her athletic skills on the island before returning to Toronto five years ago.
She joins Cheria Morgan, Kimberly Hyacinthe, Shai-Anne Davis and Khamica Bingham in the 4 x 100-metre relay.
Harris, who was one of five late additions to the London Olympics squad, was crowned the 200- and 400-metre champion at the 2011 national championships.
Meanwhile, Jamaican Olympians Yohan Blake and Veronica Campbell-Brown will compete in the Edmonton International Track Classic on June 29. Blake won a gold medal and two silvers in London, while Campbell-Brown is a seven-time Olympic medallist.
“I am very happy to be coming to Edmonton and am looking forward to breaking the 10-second barrier in front of some of the best fans in the world,” said Blake.
It will be Campbell-Brown’s first appearance in Canada.
“I am thoroughly excited at the prospect of competing in Canada for the first time,” she said. “I have monitored the results from previous Canadian summer circuits and I am keen to compete in front of supportive fans.”