It has been a goal for some time and her recent performance and results suggest it is more than likely to happen, yet Crystal Emmanuel won’t commit to running a sprint double at the track and field world championships later this year.
Among the factors in the decision at season’s end will be her health, given that every nerve and muscle fibre matters to a sprinter, which event feels most comfortable to Emmanuel and the one her and coach Charles Allen believe would take her the furthest.
“Qualifying is not even a concern,” Allen said Monday as Emmanuel prepared for the Diamond League’s Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway, that will be live streamed at CBCSports.ca at 2 p.m. ET. “It’s making sure she has the opportunity to compete against the best in the world to get some familiarity and get her time down in the top-five [range].”
The 27-year-old Toronto resident ran 23.14 in her season debut in the 200 at a Diamond League meet in Stockholm on May 30 and ranks 11th in the world in the event. But she has work to do to reach the women’s world and Olympic standards of 23.02 and 22.80, respectively.
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“It can be difficult if you think that way,” said Emmanuel of juggling the 100 and 200. “It’s about staying healthy, training hard and listening to your body. I raced both last year and did pretty good.”
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Last July in Ottawa, she achieved double gold at the Canadian championships for a third consecutive year after placing seventh in the women’s 200 final at the 2017 world championships in London, England.
In recent workouts, Emmanuel has focused on the turn, or curve, and placing her knees in front to get better positioned entering the straightaway.
There is no limitation on this young lady. We look at her as one of the top 10 athletes in the world in the 200 metres.
— Coach Charles Allen on Canadian sprinter Crystal Emmanuel
Despite chilly and windy conditions in Sweden, he believes Emmanuel could have run faster than 23.14.
“In her attitude and when she comes prepared to race, there is no limitation on this young lady. We look at her as one of the top 10 athletes in the world in the 200 metres.”
Emmanuel is scheduled to race at 3:40 p.m. in Oslo.
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Bailey expects vintage Coleman in 100m
Christian Coleman returns to Diamond League action in the 100 metres for the first time since his photo finish with fellow American Noah Lyles on May 18 in Shanghai. Both men stopped the clock in 9.86 seconds, with Lyles getting the nod by 6-1000ths of a second.
CBC Sports analyst Donovan Bailey doesn’t believe Lyles’ comeback — he wasn’t a factor in the race until the 70-metre mark — will have a lasting effect on Coleman, the 2018 Diamond League Trophy winner.
“He might have held his middle phase a little long and didn’t relax enough in the last 30 [metres] in Shanghai, but Christian is always a competitor, always ready, always consistent,” Bailey said. “Unless the weather is bad [16C and light rain is forecasted in Oslo] I think he’s going to get back to his race.”
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Bailey believes the 23-year-old Coleman, who ran an indoor world-record 6.34 seconds over 60 metres in February 2018, can dip under 9.80 seconds outdoors this season in the 100. He clocked 9.79 at last year’s Diamond League final.
Great Britain’s Reece Prescod and Michael Rodgers of the United States are expected to challenge Coleman in the 3 p.m. race before a capacity crowd of 14,200 at Bislett Stadium.
The six-foot-four Prescod placed fourth in Shanghai in 9.97 while Rodgers won the 100 on Tuesday at the Paavo Nurmi Games, clocking a season-best 10.00 in Turku, Finland.
“Rodgers has never been a top-two, three-three level runner in the world but certainly has the potential,” said Bailey. “Reece is green, raw, tall and lanky. He has the opportunity to get out [of the blocks] with Coleman and can certainly cover a lot more ground running at top speed, but Coleman’s not afraid of him.”
Diamond League on CBC Sports
CBC Sports is providing live streaming coverage of all 14 Diamond League meets this season at CBCSports.ca and via the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices. TV coverage will be featured as part of the network’s Road To The Olympic Games weekend broadcasts throughout the season.
The following is a list of upcoming Diamond League meets, all times ET:
- Oslo (Thursday, 2–4 p.m.)
- Rabat (Sunday, 2–4 p.m.)
- Eugene (June 30, 4–6 p.m.)
- Lausanne (July 5, 2–4 p.m.)
- Monaco (July 12, 2–4 p.m.)
- London, England (July 20 and 21, 9–11 a.m.)
- Birmingham, England (Aug. 18, 9–11 a.m.)
- Paris (Aug. 24, 2–4 p.m.)
- Zurich (Aug. 29, 2–4 p.m.)
- Brussels (Sept. 7, 2–4 p.m.)