Canadians Make Their Mark at 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships
Less than one year from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Canadians made their mark at the 2019 IAAF World Athletics Championships, leaving Doha, Qatar with five medals. That total ranks Athletics Canada among the top countries in total medals. Canada equalled its best placing ever on the IAAF World Championships Placing Table, ranking ninth out of 219 countries, which they also accomplished in 2015.
Competing for Canada were 10 incredible athletes from British Columbia led by Team Captain and Olympian Evan Dunfee who won bronze in the mens 50km Race Walk thanks to an intelligent pacing strategy that saw him move through the field over the last 10km and into a medal position in the final kilometers. Michael Mason, a 3-time Olympian, also had a stand out performance qualifying for his first global championship final where he cleared 2.30m to place 7th.
All of these athletes will head into 2020 with a focus on achieving the required qualifying criteria to be named to Team Canada that will head to Tokyo for the 2020 Olympic Games.
- Bronze - Evan Dunfee (Racewalk West) / 50-km Race Walk
- 7th - Michael Mason (UNBC) / High Jump
- 10th - Lindsey Butterworth (Coastal Track Club) / 800m
- 16th - Liz Gleadle (Vancouver Thunderbirds) / Javelin
- 17th - Natasha Wodak (Prairie Inn Harriers) / 10,000m
- 21st - Rachel Cliff (Mile2Marathon) / 5000m
- 23rd - Django Lovett (Kajaks Track & Field Club) / High Jump
- 32nd - John Gay (Vancouver Thunderbirds) / 3000m Steeplechase
- 33rd - Regan Yee (Langley Mustangs) / 3000m Steeplechase
- Jerome Blake (Coquitlam Cheetahs) / 4 x 100m (Reserve Athlete)
On behalf of all of BC Athletics we want to congratulate all of these athletes on their incredible performances through the season and for representing their Clubs, Province, and Country so admirably on the global stage. We wish you all the best on the Road to Tokyo.