Toronto’s Brown completes sprint double with quick turnaround

LANGLEY, BC – After winning the 100 meters on Saturday night, Aaron Brown came back and won the 200 at the Canadian Track and Field Championships on Sunday afternoon.

The 30-year-old from Toronto, who ran 20.03 seconds best of the season to win the 200, was unable to test himself against teammate and Olympic champion Andre De Grasse, who missed the event after announcing he had tested positive. on COVID. † But Brown did find that he can deliver fast times in less than ideal conditions – a boost of confidence that he will put in his back pocket for the world championships next month.

Brown ran the 100 semifinals and final on Saturday with just four hours between. After the medal ceremony and routine doping tests, he didn’t leave the job until midnight, he said. He had dinner delivered to Denny’s and went to bed at 1am, then got up at 8am and did it all again – this time with just over two hours between the 200 semi-finals and the final.

Brown, who has won 4×100-meter relay medals at the Olympics and world championships, takes to the world in Eugene, Oregon, in search of his first individual sprint medal. It takes three laps and that has proven to be a challenge for many sprinters.

But Brown said his experience here – not just the wins, but the way he’s run his races – will pay off.

“There are things I can clear up to go even faster, but it’s a good sign of confidence that I can run in all conditions, whether you have a tailwind or headwind or a false start or whatever, I can still get the job done,” said Brown after his 100th win. “Because you never know what the race is going to bring you at the highest level and the world champions.”

Jerome Blake, who was part of the 4×100-meter relay team that won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics last summer, took silver in the 100 and 200 at the Canadian Championships.

Aaron Brown, center, pulls away in Sunday's 200m final at the Canadian Track and Field Championships in Langley, BC

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