Montreal, June 5, 2022 - The fourth edition of La Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal was once again the scene of several high-level performances. Even with attractive performance bonuses, competition records are increasingly difficult to beat. We nevertheless had the pleasure of seeing six new meet records and several interesting performances by Québec athletes. The men's 100 metres field had great depth and it was Usheoritse Itsekiri from Nigeria, a Tokyo 2021 semi-finalist, who dominated the final of La Classique in 10.09 seconds. Visibly ready for the high level and holder of a personal best of 10.02 seconds, Usheoritse pursues his studies in engineering at the University of Regina.


Another athlete from Saskatchewan achieved quite a feat in the women's 100 meters hurdles: Michelle Harrison first clocked 12.94 seconds in the B final, then did even better in the main final by equaling her personal best at 12.89 seconds, subtracting 32 hundredths of a second from the mark held by Jade Barber (13.21) since 2018. A third La Classique record was smashed by American Trevor Bassitt in the 400m hurdles. Fresh off the NCAA Division II title championships with a time of 48.98, Bassitt began his post-college career with an effort of 49.84 in Montréal. The somewhat windy conditions suggest that he could do much better during the season.


Alex Dupont had also just arrived from Europe and despite the widespread doubts about the speed of the Claude-Robillard track for wheelchairs, Dupont crossed the 800 meters finish line in 1:40.34, thus lowering Frenchmen Julien Casoli's mark of 1:42.40. Two other competition marks

were achieved in the pole vault. In the women's competition

Canadian record holder Alysha Newman, added to the list

of competitors 72 hours before the competition, leaped

4.35 meters before stopping when the bar was raised at

4.50 meters. On the men's side, Nathan Filipek and Daniel

Gleason cleared 5.30 meters to better the previous record

(5.25m) and it was finally Filipek who was declared winner

after counting attempts.

The Québec athletes, rarely confronted with such a level of

competition at home, responded well. Audrey Leduc, from

the Gatineau athletics club, caused a nice surprise, winning

the women's 100 metres final in 11.36, clocked with a light

favorable wind. Leduc has shown that she belongs with the

Canadian sprint elite and a victory like this one at the

Classic could inspire her with great confidence for the rest of the season.

In the middle distance events, Simone Plourde (Saint-Laurent Sélect) and Thomas Fafard (C.A. de l'Université Laval) won their 1500 metres, Plourde with a personal best of 4:15.53 and Fafard in 3:42.01. Several other Quebec athletes took advantage of this rare opportunity offered to improve their personal bests. A complete report of the competition, signed Félix-Antoine Lapointe, has been published on the FQA website.


La Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal, organized in cooperation with Club d'athlétisme Saint-Laurent Seélect, has once again fulfilled its promises for the development of Québec and Canadian athletics. Despite major logistical pitfalls, we are thinking here of the renovation of the stands of the Complexe and the complete closure of the esplanade, as well as an early date on the calendar, we can congratulate the entire volunteer team for an excellent competition.

See you next year!


Busy night for Aiyanna Stiverne, winning the women's Elite 4000m iin 53.39 sec, then coming 2nd in the 200m in 23.72 sec.

Photo Antoine Saito


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Montréal, June 29 2021 - Sixteen competition records, two automatic Olympic standards (Crystal Emmanuel 11.11 in the 100m and Regan Yee 9:27.54 in the 3000m steeplechase), a Canadian record in the women's 3000m steeplechase (Regan Yee), and four others qualified (Alicia Brown, 4x400m relay; Alycia Butterworth, 3000m steeplechase; Madeleine Kelly, 800m; Noelle Montcalm, 400m hurdles). We can say "mission accomplished" and a big thank you to the officials and volunteers who contributed to the success of La Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal 2021.

In addition to these competition records and tremendous performances by the athletes, the organizing committee is proud to have been chosen as the stadium competition par excellence at the FQA Gala Athlètas in November 2021. Thanks to our devoted team of volunteers supervised by the Club d'athlétisme Saint-Laurent Sélect.

The Montreal Athletics Classic was also the best Canadian competition in the World Athletics world rankings for overall quality of results. At the end of 2021, the Classic was indeed ranked 94th in the world by the international federation's "competition performance rankings".

Carried out in the context of a pandemic, the committee was able to put in place safe sanitary conditions for all participants. Despite the still complex pandemic situation, we are optimistic that the Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal will continue to progress over the next few years.

World Athletics points at stake

January 29, 2022 - Classified in category D by World Athletics, the 2022 Montreal Athletics Classic will allow participating athletes to accumulate valuable points for their world ranking and qualification for the World Athletics World Championships. Here are the score tables by rank for the events contested during the Classic.

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Ville de Montréal, a vital partner

March 1, 2022 - We are pleased to announce that Ville de Montréal will support the 2022 edition of La Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal. La Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal will benefit from a substantial financial support through the city's Sports Events funding program. We are proud to be part of the Montréal sporting scene, bringing athletes from Canada, USA and hopefully more countries in the future.
This partnership with Ville de Montréal also includes a preferential use of the outstanding Claude-Robillard athletics complex for the event. 


Boutique Courir steps up and presents La Classique

March 1, 2022 - La Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal is very pleased to announce that Boutique Courir, Montréal and Longueuil's renowned running stores, returns to La Classique as the presenting partner and sponsor of our 2022 edition. Boutique Courir has been a key figure in the support of local athletes for the last 40 years. Our new presenting sponsor stepped up their support and will be the sponsor of many prize money Premium and Elite events. Boutique Courir will also help in our volunteer support.

Carpell Surfaces, official sponsor

March 1, 2022 - Carpell Surfaces has proudly renewed its partnership as an official sponsor of La Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal. Carpell Surfaces has gained an excellent reputation for supplying and installing state-of-the-art synthetic turf and natural rubber coatings in sports facilities throughout Canada. Carpell has recently supplied and installed the athletic tracks for the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. More recently, Carpell has completed a full renovation of the indoor and outdoor tracks at Université de Sherbrooke. Carpell has also achieved work on numerous synthetic turf projects FIFA 1 or 2 Star certification as well as IAAF Class 1 and Class 2 certification for athletic tracks, the highest international distinctions for product quality and professional installation.

La Fondation Philippe-Laheurte supports high performance at  Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal

March 1, 2022 - As it has done in the past 28 years, the Philippe-Laheurte Foundation will continue to support high performance at the Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal. Since its inception after the tragic death of Québec track star Philippe Laheurte in 1991, the Foundation has supported athletes and events with bursaries and funding for high performance meets and training camps of Québec's most promising athletes.

Mr. Benoit Leduc, president of the Foundation, former coach to Philippe and staff coach at the 1984 and 1988 Olympic Games and many World Cross country championship teams, hopes the lasting involvement of the foundation will help local athletes reach their goals.

''In the past nine years, the Philippe-Laheurte Foundation has supported FQA's projects such as the Québec/Ontario Midget indoor dual meet, Québec provincial team at National cross-country championships and the Québec athletes annual European tours, said Mr. Leduc. We are here for the athletes. Our support for La Classique is totally in line with our mission''.

Action Sport Physio provides sports therapy services for Classique competitors

March 1, 2022 - We are pleased to have Action Sport Physio as one of our athlete services partner. Action Sport Physio will provide sports therapy services for our Elite athletes competing at the Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal. Action Sport Physio is Québec's largest network of physiotherapy and sports medicine clinics.

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