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Montréal, May 17, 2024 – With the confirmed registration of ten athletes from Australia, La Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal could well claim the honor of having received the second largest contingent from this Oceanian country in athletics since the Montréal Olympic Games in 1976.

Like many athletes who travel the world in search of Olympic qualification, our ten guests will pass through Montréal seeking for their dream of participating in the Paris Olympic Games in July.

In the 110 meter hurdles, we will find Nicholas Andrews (13.59), Tayleb Willis (13.62) and Chris Douglas (13.59), three athletes who are very motivated to earn a ticket among the 40 specialists who will be admitted to the Games.

If two of their compatriots are for all intents and purposes qualified in the women's 100 meter hurdles, a third place would potentially be available for Abbie Taddeo (13.02) or Celeste Mucci (12.84), the most plausible other candidates to qualify.

In the men's shot put, Alex Kolesnikoff can still hope. Currently in 48th place, he must climb among the 32 best and surpass his personal best (20.69 meters) to continue his journey towards the French capital.

We also find an excellent candidate for selection with Hayley Kitching in the women's 800 meters. Kitching will attempt to break the 2 minute barrier for the first time. Her best time of 2:00.70 brings her seriously closer to the goal.

Another potential candidate will be Steven Solomon in the men's 400 meters. In 2012, Solomon finished eighth in the Olympic final in London. In 2021 in Tokyo, he was eliminated in the first round with his lifetime best of 44.94 sec. Solomon can believe it because the automatic standard for Paris is 45.00 sec.

Track and field fever is growing stronger all over the world. Montréal is no exception.

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