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By Arnaud Francioni (Communications and Marketing Coordinator) and

Félix-Antoine Lapointe (Quebec Teams Head Coach)


June 30, 2023 - La Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal has once again kept all its promises this year! An anthology of athletes of international and local caliber met for a rich and thrilling meeting. It was in particular the occasion for the relatives of many athletes to be able to admire them at home. Between good atmosphere and high caliber performances, it's a real celebration of athletics that we were able to witness this Thursday, June 29th. A brief overview of the highlights of this meeting:


We can't start without obviously mentioning the new Quebec record by Simone Plourde (CSLS) in the 1500m, one who never ends with new exploits. After breaking the Québec record set by Mélanie Choinière in 1996 for the first time last May, Simone has pushed the limit of her own record twice in less than two months. During the event, the athlete who competes mainly in the United States pushed the limit in her province by signing a first place and a new Québec provincial record of 4:06.86! Add to the fact that Simone had to run with the smaller shoes of one of her track colleagues because of a mess in her luggage during her flight to Montréal!



In the other middle-distance events, Québec city's Jean-Simon Desgagnés (CAUL) took the lead in the 1500m in 3:38.50 and with this performance signs the 4th best Québec all-time performance in the event. It should also be noted that young Émile Toupin (ZENX) took fourth place in 3:40.22 for his first year as a senior and entered the top 10 in Québec over the distance at only twenty years old!

In the 800m, another local athlete rose to the top, as Zakary Mama-Yari (CSLS), took first place on the podium in 1:48.41 within an extremely strong peloton that included Québec's best all-time middle-distance athlete, Charles Philibert-Thiboutot (CAUL).

Also noteworthy among the U18 athletes was the very good performance by Robin Lefebvre (PLUS) who set a new QC U18 record in the 800m in 1:52.13.


Another athlete who has risen to the highest levels of international athletics is Nova Scotia's Sarah Mitton (SISU Throws Club) in the shot put. The 2022 Canadian champion and 4th at the World Championships in Oregon signed a new meeting record by sending a stratospheric throw to 19.15m and improves her own La Classique record (18.82m) which she established in 2021.

In the pole vault event, the decathlon World championships silver medalist Pierce LePage was able to earn first place with a 5.20 meters jump, his best result since 2021! At the Québec level, Édouard Lavoie Beaulieu, decathlon specialist, caused a surprise by taking 2nd place in the pole vault reaching the 5.00m mark for the first time in his career.

In the sprint events, Pierce LePage also the 110m hurdles in 14.04 seconds. 

We should also point out another good local performance of Kimberly Hyacinthe (PLUS), 3rd in the 400m event in 52.84 up against a very tough line-up. Kim posted her best time of the season behind winner Lauren Gale (Ottawa Lions) in 52.07 and Jamaïca's Leah Anderson (52.78). Audrey Leduc (GATI) also distinguished herself by signing a very good third place in 11.67 in a very high level women's 100m where Khamica Bingham dominated the field in 11.46 sec.


In addition to all these great results, the Classique d'Athlétisme de Montréal was also able to take advantage of events introducing the youngest to athletics with an 8 x 50m activity but also the ON community 4 x 400m relay accessible to all and everyone and allowing them to discover the pleasures of the sport in a setting that could not be more appropriate. The Classique is the conclusion of several months of efforts and commitment from many partners such as Boutique Courir and ON Running Canada to make this meeting a must in Canadian athletics!


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ON Running, new partner of La Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal

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Montréal, April 25 2023 - La Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal is proud to welcome ON Running as a new partner for the presentation of the 2023 edition which will take place on Thursday, June 29. With Boutique Courir, On Running now becomes co-presenter of La Classique. "This first partnership with a track and field meet in Canada is a significant step for ON and its commitment to the athletics and running community around the world," said Maxime Simard, representing sales for ON. With the cooperation of Boutique Courir and ON, La Classique will once again be able to award incentive grants and support athletes who will come from across Canada to participate in the only Quebec stage of the Athletics Canada National Track & Field Tour. In addition to providing volunteers with clothing from its collection, ON will open the doors of La Classique to some sixty recreational runners who will be able to take part in the ON recreational 4 x 400 metre relay, adding to the festive character of the event. This activity, integrated into the La Classique's program, will also allow the continuity of our assistance program for Ukrainian refugees at the Sainte-Sophie Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral in Montreal. La Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal is planning several new announcements regarding the participation of high-level athletes and ticket sales starting May 1st.

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