Connaughton off to Pan American Games
New Haven, P.E.I., track star will wear Canada's colours in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
OTTAWA (CP) — Led by hurdler Perdita Felicien and sprinter Tyler Christopher, Canada will field its top track and field team at next month’s Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Athletics Canada named its 30-member squad Wednesday with an eye toward the world championships later this summer in Osaka, Japan.
Also on the squad is Jared Connaughton, from New Haven, P.E.I. He is part of the the men’s 4 x 100 relay team and is in the 200 m.
The Pan Am team is virtually the same as the one that will compete in Osaka, said Canadian head coach Les Gramantik. And with perennial track powerhouses such as the U.S. and the Caribbean countries competing in Rio, the Pan Ams are a perfect final tuneup for the world championships.
“This event will allow us to evaluate the preparedness of our top athletes,” Gramantik said in a release.