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Andre De Grasse: Who could challenge him as Canada's fastest man?

07/03/2015 12:57 EDT | Updated 07/03/2016 05:59 EDT
EDMONTON — With his blistering performances this season, Andre De Grasse has caught the attention of anybody following Canadian track and field team. But what about the other contenders to make Canada's 4x100-metre team?

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.

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