Canadian Men take 4×100 Silver World Athletic Relays

From left – Andre De Grasse, Brendon Rodney, Jerome Blake and Aaron Brown

In the World Athletic Relays, Canada’s men’s 4×100 relay secured second place behind the United States with Brendon Rodney, Aaron Brown, Jerome Blake, and Andre De Grasse finishing in 37.89 seconds, just shy of the American’s 37.40-second run. Japan claimed third with a time of 38.10.

Nassau allotted the first 14 out of 16 slots for each Olympic relay in Paris. The Canadian men had already qualified on Saturday by winning their heat and securing the third-fastest time.

The women’s 4×100 and 4×400 relay teams also competed in Sunday’s finals, having earned their Paris tickets by finishing second in their heats the day prior. Toronto’s Alyssa Marsh, Kyra Constantine, Zoe Sherar, and Aiyanna Stiverne from Laval, Que., took third place in the 4×400.

Constantine notably ran the third leg of the 4×400 in Tokyo, where the Canadian women narrowly missed the podium by six-tenths of a second, finishing fourth.

In the women’s 4×400-metre relay final, the United States claimed gold, while Canada’s Zoe Sherar, Aiyanna Stiverne, Kyra Constantine, and Alyssa Marsh secured third place at the World Athletics Relays.

The women’s 4×100 team, composed of Audrey Leduc, Sade McCreath, Marie-Eloise Leclair, and Crystal Emmanuel-Ahye from various Canadian cities, finished seventh.

Blake, Brown, Rodney, and De Grasse, who previously won a world championship in 2022 and Olympic silver in 2021, showcased their prowess once again.

Despite their successes, Canada’s mixed and men’s 4×400 relay teams failed to secure top-two finishes in their qualifying heats on Sunday, with the mixed relay team finishing third and the men’s team fifth.