12 Canadians in action on day 1 of 2013 IAAF World Championship
The 2013 International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) World Championship in Athletics officially gets underway Saturday in Moscow, Russia with twelve Canadian athletes in action. Overall Canada’s 46 athletes will challenge 1970 athletes from 206 countries over the course of the nine day championship.
Canada heads into the championship with six entries ranked top 10 in the world including 2012 Olympic bronze medalist Derek Drouin in the men’s high jump. Drouin, of Corunna, Ont., enters the event ranked fourth in the world. Other top ten entries are the men’s 4×100-metres relay team (4th), Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Humboldt, Sask., in the heptathlon (5th), Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., in the men’s shot put (6th). Michael Mason of Nanoose Bay, B.C., is ranked seventh in the men’s high jump while Damian Warner of London, Ont., enters ranked ninth in the world in the decathlon.
Damian Warner leads Canada into battle on day one of competition
Damian Warner Shawnacy
Krista Duchene Lanni Marchant Alicia Brown Mohammed
Cam Levins Christabel
Aaron Brown Gavin Smellie Sam Effah
Day one of the championship will see Damian Warner, fifth at the 2012 Olympic Games, enter action in the decathlon. Day one of the two day decathlon will see Warner compete in the 100-metres, the long jump, shot put, high jump and 400-metres. Earlier this season Warner took the win at the prestigious Hypo-Meeting in Gotzis, Austria.
Shawnacy Barber of Toronto, Ont., will compete in the qualification round of the men’s pole vault. Earlier this season Barber broke the Canadian Record which stood for over a decade.
Round one of the men’s 800-metres gets underway with Anthony Romaniw of Hamilton, Ont. Romaniw was a finalist