4 extra Canadian athletes named to 2024 Paris Olympic staff

On Tuesday, 4 extra athletes acquired early nominations to the 2024 Canadian Olympic staff in Paris for the marathon, race stroll relay, and 10,000m occasions. Rory Linkletter of Calgary, Moh Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ont., Evan Dunfee of Richmond, B.C., and Olivia Lundman of Lantzville, B.C., are the 4 athletes who can be becoming a member of beforehand nominated athletes Malindi Elmore and Cam Levins on the 2024 staff.

The trio of Levins, Elmore, and Linkletter will make up the Canadian marathon staff in Paris, with the qualification window closed as of Might 5. That is Crew Canada’s smallest group despatched to an Olympic Video games since London 2012, however the requirements for these Paris Video games have been nearly 10 minutes sooner than in 2012. Linkletter ran a private greatest 2:08:01 on the 2024 Seville Marathon in February to hit the Olympic customary of two:08:10 by 9 seconds. The 27-year-old, who has represented Canada within the marathon at two world championships (2022 and 2023), will compete at his first Olympics this August.

Rory Linkletter
Photograph: James Rhodes (@jrhodesathletics)

“I’ve a possibility to characterize my household, myself, my nation, on a stage that’s greater than any in all sports activities, simply because it’s so world, it’s so watched world wide,” mentioned Linkletter to the Canadian Olympic Committee. “Simply to be on this stage in an occasion just like the marathon and be able to compete, it means I did one thing particular to get right here.”

On the observe, Ahmed is the primary observe and subject athlete to obtain early choice. This can be Ahmed’s fourth Olympic Video games, beforehand competing for Canada at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020. Ahmed is the solely Canadian to interrupt the 27-minute mark within the 10,000m and made historical past at Tokyo 2020 when he gained silver within the 5,000m, incomes Canada’s first medal in a long-distance observe occasion. The 33-year-old gained qualification by hitting the usual on the Sound Operating TheTEN occasion in March, recording the second-fastest 10,000m time of his profession– 26:53.01. Ahmed holds the Olympic customary for the 5,000m however should look forward to the Canadian Olympic Trials in Montreal this June to solidify his spot.

Moh Ahmed Olympic 2020
Photograph: Roger Sedres/Athletics Canada

Ahmed mentioned this in a press launch: “It’s an incredible honour and privilege to get the nomination to have the ability to put on the maple leaf. A fourth Olympic Video games means I’m skilled and I hope to place it to good use in Paris. My objective is the very same because it has been for a lot of of my earlier main championships–to face on prime of the rostrum or as near it as doable.”

Becoming a member of Ahmed and Linkletter are race walkers Dunfee and Lundman who certified to compete within the inaugural Olympic marathon race stroll combined relay after they completed twenty first on the World Athletics Race Strolling Crew Championships in April. In Tokyo 2020, Dunfee gained bronze within the 50km race stroll for Canada’s first-ever Olympic medal within the occasion. The 50km race stroll is now not on the Olympic programme, changed with the brand new marathon race stroll combined relay.

Evan Dunfee
Photograph: James Rhodes (@jrhodesathletics)

The rest of the Canadian staff for observe and subject won’t be revealed till the tip of June after the 2024 Bell Canadian Observe and Subject Trials.

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