Montgomery makes Canadian history
TORONTO (CP) -- Carol Montgomery will be the first Canadian woman to compete in two
different sports at the same Olympics after being selected for the 10,000
metres on Wednesday.
The North Vancouver resident, already a medal contender in triathlon, will
also compete in the 10,000 at the Sydney Games in September. The two events
are only nine days apart.
Montgomery had appealed to Athletics Canada for selection in the 10,000
after meeting the Olympic standard at a race in April. She joins Jeff
Schiebler, Tina Connelly and Sean Kaley as Canada's entries in the 10,000.
The 34-year-old Montgomery almost lost her leg last December but now is
considered a gold-medal contender for the first event of the Sydney Olympics,
the women's triathlon.
Following an operation in Decmber, after some intense rehab, Montgomery
bounced back to win the Rio de Janeiro World Cup triathlon in March and gained
an Olympic berth.
The women's triathlon, which includes a 1.5-kilometre swim, a 40-kilometre
cycle, and a 10-kilometre run is first event of the Olympic Games and will be
carried live in prime time on CBC in Canada.
She was second at the world triathlon championships this year, won last
Saturday's World Cup Toronto Triathlon.