Bishop and Nedow secure Olympic spots on Day 4 of Canadian Championships

For two of Canada’s newest Canadian Olympic Team members, Sunday played out exactly as expected at the Canadian Championships. Both Melissa Bishop and Tim Nedow entered the championships as the overwhelming favourites in their events and they did not disappoint.
For Bishop, all that was required of her on Sunday was a top two finish and her ticket to Rio would be punched. However, when you’re the defending world championship silver medalist the bare minimum isn’t really in your vocabulary. The Eganville native also eclipsed Diane Cummins’ 12 year old championship record of 1:59.46 by crossing the line in 1:59.32. The path to gold on Sunday was very stereotypical of Bishop, sitting at the front of the pack through 500-550m before using her sprinters kick to distance herself from her competitors as her margin of victory Sunday afternoon was more than four seconds over Quebec’s Annie Leblanc.
Like Bishop, shot putter Tim Nedow only required a top two finish to secure his spot on his first Olympic team.  The Brockville native wasted no time, hurling the shot out his winning throw of 20.28m on his second attempt. In fact, all of Nedow’s measured throws exceeded the second place finisher by at least three quarters of a meter.
Fresh off her nomination to Team Canada for the upcoming IAAF World Junior Championships, Shona McCulloch was looking to add her Canadian Junior Champion to her growing resume. McCulloch looked in control from the gun, front running with teammate Jordan Weston for the majority of the race. As bell rang, signalling the final lap, Shona pushed ahead of the lead group with a ferocious kick that saw her finish the final lap in 64 seconds. The Longfields Davidson student’s winning time was 9 minutes 43.86 seconds, nearly three seconds ahead of second place. Weston finished sixth in 9:52.83.
In the women’s para ambulatory 200m, it was a record breaking performance for Larissa Brown and guide Andrew Heffernan that brought home gold. It was Brown’s second T12 Canadian record of the year, as she crossed the line in 27.55 seconds, four tenths ahead of her previous best. The gold was the second of the championship for Brown, who also won the long jump.
The final gold of the day came from 2012 Paralympian Rachael Burrowes, captured the T33/34 400m title in 1:31.93.
Canada’s Olympic Team will be announced Monday morning. We will have coverage of the announcement following the press conference.
Full results from Sunday’s competition can be found below:
Junior Men
Sam Kinahan (5000m Final) – 16:25.70 15th
Junior Women
Shyvonne Roxborough (200m Semi-Final) – 25.53 15th
Lauren Gale (200m Semi-Final) – 24.82 7th
Shona McCulloch (3000m Final) – 9:43.86 GOLD
Jordan Weston (3000m Final) – 9:52.83 6th
Keira Christie-Galloway (100m Hurdle Semi-Final) – 14.03 2nd
Lauren Gale (200m Final) – 24.95 4th
Keira Christie-Galloway (100m Hurdle Final) – 13.73 SILVER
Senior Women
Larissa Brown (Para Ambulatory 200m Final) – 27.55 GOLD CDN T12 RECORD
Farah Jacques (200m Semi-Final) – 23.62 3rd
Devyani Biswal (100m Hurdle Semi-Final) – 13.95 9th
Melissa Bishop (800m Final) – 1:59.32 GOLD CR
Rachael Burrowes (T33/34 400m Final) – 1:31.93 GOLD
Farah Jacques (200m Final) 23.68w BRONZE
Ashlea Maddex (100m Hurdle Semi-Final) – 13.32 4th
Ashlea Maddex (100m Hurdle Final) – 13.60 7th
Senior Men
Oluwasegun Makinde (200m Semi-Final) – 21.27 8th
Tim Nedow (Shot Put Final) – 20.28 GOLD
Sekou Kaba (110m Hurdle Semi-Final) – 14.00 2nd
Oluwasegun Makinde (200m Final) – DNS
Sekou Kaba (110m Hurdle Final) – 13.64 SILVER