Saturday, September 23, 2023

Marco Arop aiming for Canadian 800m document at Diamond League ultimate


The sector’s best observe and box athletes are in Eugene, Ore., for the Prefontaine Vintage, which will even function the 2023 Diamond League ultimate, on Sept. 16 and17. Canada’s Marco Arop, Andre De Grasse, Aaron Brown and Sarah Mitton all hope to etch their names in historical past as the primary Canadian athlete to win a Diamond League ultimate. Main the price is Arop, who might be aiming to shatter the Canadian document of one:43.20 on the historical Hayward Box.

Marco Arop
Canada’s Marco Arop within the males’s 800m ultimate on the 2023 International Athletics Championships. Photograph: Kevin Morris

Contemporary from his 800m private easiest of one:43.24 on the Xiamen Diamond League in China, Arop is using prime after securing international championship gold in Budapest. This season, Arop has been unstoppable, clinching nationwide and international titles within the 800m and posting 3 sub-1:44 occasions within the Diamond League.

The 24-year-old sensation from Edmonton has come tantalizingly with reference to his former NCAA teammate Brandon McBride’s Canadian document of one:43.20, lacking it by way of a trifling 10th of a 2nd on 3 events. Navasky Anderson, any other Mississippi State College teammate, will set the tempo for Arop on the Pre Vintage, concentrated on a 400m break up of 49.2 to 49.5 seconds. Arop’s ambition: to win now not most effective the Diamond League name, however in a brand new Canadian document time.

Arop’s trail to victory received’t be a cakewalk, as 4 of the boys from the sector championship ultimate, together with silver medallist Emmanuel Wanyonyi of Kenya, can also be within the race. Wanyonyi bested Arop in Xiamen with a world-leading time of one:43.20. The boys’s 800m on the Diamond League ultimate kicks off on Sunday at round 3 p.m. ET.

Canada’s De Grasse and Brown in males’s 200m

De Grasse and Brown are heading to Eugene contemporary off season’s easiest performances within the males’s 200m on the Brussels Diamond League ultimate week. Each athletes mentioned their post-world-championship objective was once to complete the season on a prime word, and to hold that momentum into the following yr. Their spectacular sub-20 clockings in Brussels have introduced them new self belief for a place at the Diamond League podium in Eugene. With international champion Noah Lyles competing within the 100m, a possibility arises for De Grasse and Brown to problem international championship medallists Letsile Tebogo of Botswana and Erriyon Knighton of the U.S. for the name.

Photograph: Kevin Morris

De Grasse might be having a look to make stronger on his season’s easiest efficiency of nineteen.89 seconds, and safe the primary Diamond League name of his profession. The boys’s 200m would be the penultimate tournament of the Diamond League ultimate, going down on Sunday afternoon at 5:30 p.m. ET.


You’ll catch the entire observe and box motion from the Diamond League Ultimate from Eugene, Ore., on-line on CBC Sports activities and CBC Gem, beginning at 3:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sept. 16 and Sunday, Sept. 17. 


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