Charlottetown’s Connaughton prepares for Bolt in Toronto

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Here’s an article about fast up-and-coming Jared Connaughton, a Canadian Olympic sprinter we profiled last summer during the Beijing Olympics.

Beijing Olympics Athletics Mens 200m

Connaughton in his ready-to-run phase

CHARLES REID
The Guardian

Olympic sprint star Usain Bolt of Jamaica is the focus to today’s Festival of Excellence in Toronto, but Jared Connaughton of New Haven, P.E.I., understands it goes with the territory.

“It’s been pretty hectic, the media attention and hype around Bolt. I’m in the phase where I’m ready to run,” Connaughton, who will race against Bolt in the 100 metres, told The Guardian from Toronto on Wednesday. “This is by far the biggest festival in Canada (as far as media goes). It’s the big thing in town. We kind of caught up in all of this, but it’s part of the package.”

Running, however, is Connaughton’s main focus.

An appearance in the 200-metre sprint semifinals at the Beijing Olympics last August bolted him to national prominence and Connaughton, who ran a Canadian-high 10.15 in the 100 last year, knows a good race tonight keeps that profile up.

Guardian

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