Lions pick up 9 medals at Ontario Championships

The Ottawa Lions picked up nine medals this weekend at the Ontario Senior Championships, headlined by Oluwasegun Makinde’s sweep of the men’s sprint events.

Makinde kicked things off on Saturday in the 100m prelims when he ran his way to a new lifetime best of 10.24 seconds – good enough to move into third in club history behind Glenroy Gilbert and Oluseyi Smith. He would prove the time was no fluke, coming back in the final with a 10.25 second clocking for the victory.

Coming back on Sunday in the 200m, Oluwasegun put together consistent runs of 20.85w and 20.82w seconds in the heats and final respectively to win over York’s Bismark Boateng.

Also on Sunday, Devyani Biswal picked up bronze in the women’s 100m hurdle event in a windy 13.49 seconds. In the heats, the former Gee Gee ran an all conditions best of 13.28 seconds. Also grabbing bronze on the track was Sebastian Saville who was third in the men’s 800m in 1:52.71.

In the field, hammer thrower Leanna Garcia was awarded silver for her best throw of 47.33m. The mark was Garcia’s best of the season. Staying in the throws, Ashley Connell also produced a seasonal best effort, 13.99m, to capture bronze medalist in the shot put. High jumper Barb Bitchoka was also a bronze medalist after her 1.70m clearance in the high jump.

In the relays, the Lions picked up gold in both 4x100m events as well as the men’s 4x400m. The women’s quartet of Charifa Labarang, Ashlea Maddex, Devyani Biswal and Lindsay Brandys finished in a time of 47.83 seconds to move into fifth on the club’s all-time list.