Here's a look at who to watch in the men's 100m at the Canadian championships in Edmonton, which also serve as the selection trials for the worlds and a tune-up for the Pan Am Games.
Gavin Smellie- Current Canadian champion and acting like it: "They're gonna have to take the crown from me, and I'm not giving it up easy," he said Thursday.
- Perennial member of the men's 4x100m squad, and was a member of both the disqualified relay team at the 2012 London Olympics, as well as the 2013 World Championships bronze medal winning team.
Justyn Warner- Dominant figure in Canadian sprinting in 2012.
- Since then he has become a father, relocated to Oklahoma, and has a new coach.
- Because of the sacrifices he has made and the responsibility of being a dad, his motivation is at an ultimate high.
Akeem Haynes- The darkhorse.
- Strong indoor season clocking 6.51 seconds shows that he has now corrected one of his weaknesses – his start.
- Must capitalize on his strength, which is the middle of the 100m, and ultimately put himself in a position to be battling within the top three finishers at these championships.
Dontae Richards-Kwok- Member of the bronze medal winning relay team at the 2013 World Championships.
- Already been chosen as a sub for the Pan Am Games 4x100m relay team this year.
- Could be seen as a target to those who didn't make the Pan Am team, and because of this his guard will be up to prove that he belongs.
Dushane Farrier- Named as the 2nd sub for the Pan Am Games 4x100m relay team.
- Rookie on the national team.
- Eager to qualify for the world championships team in order to show his worth on the Pan Am team.
Brendan Rodney- 200m specialist, but he is slated to be the 3rd leg on the 4x100m relay team at the Pan Am Games.
- Defending Canadian Champion in the 200m.
Aaron Brown- Personal bests — just set last year — 10.05 in the 100m and 20.16 in the 200m.
- Most fitting candidate to be able to challenge the favourite, Andre De Grasse.
- Member of the bronze medal winning relay team at the 2013 world championships.
Andre De Grasse- Performances speak for themselves: 9.97 in the 100m and 20.03 for the 200m this year, along with slightly windy times of 9.75 and 19.58.
- Looking to be at his peak for the World Championships – he's training through the Canadian Championships and hasn't been resting for it.
- This may be the best opportunity for another Canadian to challenge him.