The road goes on forever
The Canadian team for the Berlin World Championships was officially named today. AC even made a slide show with music, I figured it would be a crappy song but I was impressed with what they picked. http://www.athletics.ca/berlin2009/
The Kenyan and Ethiopian teams were also named this week and it looks like (no surprise) they are going to have great marathon squads even with the absence of Haile G, Duncan Kibet, James Kwambai and Sammy Wanjiru.
I remember showing up to the Western International XC meet back in University and hearing another team making fun of us saying “you always know when Guelph shows up because of the yellow school bus”. We joked (we weren’t cocky enough to actually say it) that the other teams should know when we showed up because they were going to be fighting it out for second place. Well even Boston Champ Deriba Merga rides the yellow school bus sometimes (proof taken with my cell phone). He’s probably one of the favorites to win the Berlin Marathon despite this being his third marathon this year.
I had a tough workout today as I didn’t hit the times I wanted to for 1600m repeats and then I made the executive decision to run 2 X 800m instead of the last repeat to keep the pace honest. I’ll tack that up to the 27C heat (34 with humidex), the strong wind and my last workout of 5 X 5km still lingering in my legs… whatever makes me feel better about it, right? haha. In general I’m happy with the preparations heading into the marathon. I have three more workouts before I leave for Germany on August 8th. Only 24 more days until go time!
It’s too bad Jon Brown has an injury as he would of obviously been great towards scoring in the team competition but, would of also been an interesting guy to learn from . If you don’t know, Jon Brown finished 4th in two Olympic Marathons (running for GB at the time).
Canadian team. Not many individuals once you take out the relays and marathon…
|Ruky Abdulai||Long Jump||Coquitlam, BC||Jarrold Jones|
|Esther Akinsulie||4x400m||Ottawa, ON||Hugh Conlin|
|Dylan Armstrong||Shot Put||Kamloops, BC||Anatoliy Bondarchuk|
|Bryan Barnett||4x100m||Edmonton, AB||Quin Sekulich|
|Nathan Brannen||1500m||Cambridge, ON||Ron Warhurst|
|Jared Connaughton||4x100m||New Haven, PEI||Monte Stratton|
|Reid Coolsaet||Marathon||Hamilton, ON||Dave Scott-Thomas|
|Sam Effah||4x100m||Calgary, AB||Brenda Van Tighem|
|Alice Falaiye||Long Jump||Mississauga, ON||Marc Christie|
|Perdita Felicien||100m Hurdles||Pickering, ON||Gary Winckler|
|Sultana Frizell||Hammer Throw||Perth, ON||Anatoliy Bondarchuk|
|Kelsie Hendry||Pole Vault||Saskatoon, SK||Rick & Susanne Petrucha|
|Kimberly Hyacinthe||4x400m||Lachenaie, QC||Daniel St-Hilaire|
|Jennifer Joyce||Hammer Throw||Kamloops, BC||Anatoliy Bondarchuk|
|Rachel Lavallée||20km Racewalk||Peterborough, ON||Stafford Whalen|
|Priscilla Lopes-Schliep||100m Hurdles||Whitby, ON||Anthony McCleary|
|Giitah Macharia||Marathon||Oakville, ON||Steven Keating|
|Jenna Martin||4x400m||Bridgewater, NS||Charles Scarrow|
|Carline Muir||4x400m||Edmonton, AB||Derek Evely|
|Amonn Nelson||4x400m||Calgary, AB||Brenda Van Tighem|
|Hank Palmer||4x100m||Lasalle, QC||Daniel St-Hilaire|
|Adrienne Power||4x400m||Halifax, NS||Peter Lord|
|Tara Quinn-Smith||Marathon||Toronto, ON||Hugh Cameron|
|Gary Reed||800m||Victoria, BC||Wynn Gmitroski|
|Gavin Smellie||4x100m||Etobicoke, ON||Erik Jenkins|
|Andrew Smith||Marathon||Toronto, ON||Hugh Cameron|
|Oluseyi Smith||4x100m||Ottawa, ON||Glenroy Gilbert|
|Brianne Theisen||Heptathlon||Humboldt, SK||Todd Johnston|
|Robin Watson||3000m Steeplechase||London, ON||Dave Scott-Thomas|
|Angela Whyte||100m Hurdles||Edmonton, AB||Wayne Phipps|
|Dylan Wykes||Marathon||Kingston, ON||Steve Boyd
Some places which sell Vittel water will have these NB key chains attatched to the bottles. Maybe only in Japan?