Busy weekend in nation’s capital comes to a close
Sunday, May 27, 2012
OTTAWA – Track and
field and road running fans alike in Ottawa, Ont., were treated to a great
weekend of competition and racing with the inaugural Panamerican Combined
Events Cup at Terry Fox Athletic Facility and the Canadian Marathon
Championships on the city's roads as part of Ottawa Race Weekend.
Combined Events Cup
two days of grueling competition Cuba’s Yorgel Rodriguez Gracia and Jose
Mendieta Velazquez were crowned champions in the heptathlon and decathlon at
the first ever Panamerican Combined Events Cup.
Rodriguez Gracia took gold in the seven event
heptathlon with a score of 5819 points.
Canadian Jennifer Cotten of Woodstock, Ont., nabbed silver with 5656
points, just ahead of Cuba’s Yasmia Pedroso Gonzalez who walked away with
bronze at 5650 points. Other Canadian
finishers were Susan Coltman of Peterborough, Ont., eight with 5265 points and
Natasha Miller of Abbotsford, B.C., tenth at 5092 points.
In the ten event decathlon Mendieta Velazquez
took gold with 7792 points. Eric Broadbent of the United States finished in the
silver position with 7498 points while Roman Garibay of Mexico took bronze with
7149 points. Competing in their hometown
in front of friends and family Mark Chenery and Patrick Arbour finished fourth
and fifth respectively with 7123 and 7002 points. Unfortunately Jamie
Adjetey-Nelson of Windsor, Ont., and Chris Crossley of Saskatoon, Sask., were
not able to finish the grueling competition due to injuries.
on Sunday morning Réjean Chiasson of Toronto, Ont., and Lisa Avery of Orillia,
Ont., were crowned national champions at the 2012 Canadian Marathon
Championships. Chiasson, who took bronze last month in the Canadian Half
Marathon Championships, finished first in 2:19:54. Matt Leduc of Ajax, Ont.,
and Fethi Oukid of Montreal, Que., crossed the finish line in 2:27:47 and
2:28:00 respectively for silver and bronze.
Avery won national honours in the women's race in a time of 2:42:53 ahead of
Josiane Aboungono of North York, Ont., who took silver in 2:47:42. Myriam
Grenon of Longueuil, Que., rounded out the top three with bronze in 2:49:57.
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