Boswell takes high jump in Victoria
By JIM MORRIS -- Canadian Press
VICTORIA -- Bruny Surin, running on a tight hamstring, won the 100-metres in 10:05 seconds Saturday at the Canadian track and field championships, while Mark Boswell shook off some nagging injuries to claim the national high-jump title.
Surin's time was his fastest of the year as he prepares to challenge for an Olympic medal in Australia next month.
Bruny Surin (right) and Nicolas Macrozonaris of Vainqueurs, Que., race towards the finish of the men's 100-metre at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Victoria Saturday Aug. 12, 2000.(CP PHOTO/Chuck Stoody)
"I just wanted to win and run a good race technically," said Surin, a silver medallist at the 1999 world championships. "The main thing was to stay healthy and everything will be taken of."
Surin said he felt the hamstring tighten during the race but added it shouldn't be a factor leading to Sydney.
"It's not a concern," said the Montreal sprinter. "I know my body.
"It's just going to be a couple of days to get some rest."
Donovan Bailey, the double Olympic gold medallist and former world record holder, did not race because of a hamstring injury. Bailey, the Oakville, Ont., sprinter who already has qualified for Sydney, expects to be healthy by the Games.
"I'm not at all worried about being ready for Sydney," said Bailey.
Calgary's Brad McCuaig was second in 10:18, and Pierre Brown of Montreal was third in 10:25.
Boswell of Brampton, Ont., won the high jump with a leap of 2:31 metres. Montreal's Kwaku Boatang was second at 2:28.
"It's a great meet for both of us," Boswell said, with Boatang sitting beside him. "We just wanted to come in here and have a good showing."
Boswell considered not jumping because of an ankle and hip injury.
"It crossed my mind," he said. "But we wanted to do this for Canada. We wanted to go out there and have a good time."
During the competition, Boswell passed at a height of 2:28. Boatang made it on his second attempt. Boswell made a height of 2:31 on his second jump, while Boatang passed.
Boatang, who had already met the qualification standard for the Olympics, needed a top-three finish here to secure a spot on the team.
Esi Benyarku of Mississauga, Ont., won the women's 100 in 11:30 seconds.
Perdita Felicien, the national junior champion, won the women's 100 hurdles but her time of 13.15 seconds was over the Olympic qualifying time of 13:10 seconds.
Katie Anderson of Toronto, Canada's top female hurdler, didn't race in the final after suffering groin injury in Friday heats. Anderson, holder of three Canadian records, had already met the qualifying standard.
Adrian Woodley, of Whitby, Ont., defended his Canadian title in the 110-metre hurdles, winning the race in 13.67. He previously ahd qualified for the Games.
"I have a lot more training to do but I haven't lost anything from my early season," said Woodley. "It's about building on that."
Adrian Harrison of Kelowna, B.C., won the women's pole vault, clearing 3.85 meters, but was well below the Olympic standard of 4.35.
Tina McDonald of Toronto won the discus with a toss of 51.48 metres, below the Olympic mark of 61 metres.