Jared may be from the “other” coast, but I’m following him all the same. Last summer Catriona Le May Doan and I travelled to PEI to profile the community of sprinters following in his fleet footsteps. This is what I love about blogging: once you’ve started a story, you don’t need to drop it and move on. You can continue following someone long after your deadline.
Jared is rounding into great shape for Berlin where he’ll be competing at the World Championships starting next Tuesday, August 18 when the first of the men’s 200m heats gets underway.
DUSSELDORFF, Germany — Jared Connaughton of New Haven, P.E.I., set a seasonal best of 20.68 seconds to finish first in the men’s 200 at a track and field meet here Monday. The event is being used as a final tune-up for the world championships in Berlin which gets underway Saturday.
The Canadian men’s 4×100 relay team of Sam Effah, Seyi Smith, Connaughton and Brian Barnett were clocked in 38.63. Effah relaced Hank Palmer in the first leg. Connaughton will run the 200 and the third leg of the 4×100 at the worlds.
Connaughton helped the Canadians finish sixth at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing last summer. The 200-metre lanes are familiar ground for the 24-year-old Connaughton. He won the national 200 title (20.34) in 2008 en route to a breakout season which culminated with a 200 semifinal appearance in Beijing.