Athletics Canada Team Overview: BC's Gary Reed Best Medal Hope

Athletics Canada Team Overview: BC's Gary Reed Best Medal Hope

 

 

 

We've heard from our Wilbour Kelsick who is working as a dedicated chiropractor with Canada's Athletics team. Now from the CBC here is a quick overview of who has the best shot a making the podium as the Athletics events get underway:

"Two medals was Athletics Canada's goal. Two months ago that seemed reasonable. Gary Reed of Kamloops, B.C., has been rounding into form at the right time and when he beat his own Canadian record in Monaco with a time of 1:43.68 he served notice that his 2007 IAAF World Championships silver medal was no fluke. Confident, smart and tough, the 26-year-old represents our best hope for a medal in athletics in Beijing.

While he is an incredible athlete he has also chosen to be in one of the most fiercely contested events. One mistake in the early rounds could mean failure to get into the final. A mistake in the final could cost him a medal. Having said that, he is a seasoned competitor who prefers to go into a race without a preconceived plan and he is capable of running from the front or kicking in the last 150 metres.

Canadian 400-metre record holder, Tyler Christopher, is also a strong medal possibility, having won the 2008 IAAF World indoor championships with an outstanding performance. However, since he recorded 44.71 in Carson, Calif., back in May, his form has been troubling. He hasn't beaten the 45-second mark since. Even his coach, Kevin Tyler, is at a loss to explain it. At this point he must be wondering if he can make it into the final."

Read the full article here.