This must be a huge heartbreak after running so well in his heat.
Canadians eliminated from 200m
Last Updated: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 | 3:07 PM ET
All three Canadians in the men’s 200 metres at the world track and field championships were eliminated in Tuesday’s quarter-finals in Berlin.
Jared Connaughton of Charlottetown, P.E.I., appeared to qualify for the semifinals with a season-best time of 20.80 seconds, good for second place in his heat, but was later disqualified for stepping out of his lane.
News was better for Priscilla Lopes-Schliep (12.61, won her heat) and Perdita Felicien (12.58, second in her heat) as both made the women’s 100m hurdles final.
Both are medal contenders.
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.
Pictured below are kids from the Spartan Track Club, coached by 1998 gold medalist Dave MacEachern in PEI. Last summer during the Beijing Games I travelled with Catriona Le May Doan to profile the community behind Jared Connaughton for CBC Sports.
A big part of our story was how Beijing 200m semi-finalist Connaughton had trained without any real track facilities by working out on north shore beaches, school hallways, and ancient cinder tracks, yet had still managed to make the elite level of Olympic competition.
The two little guys – front and back – are MacEachern’s youngest.
Here’s an article about fast up-and-coming Jared Connaughton, a Canadian Olympic sprinter we profiled last summer during the Beijing Olympics.
Connaughton in his ready-to-run phase
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.