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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Warren Weir to compete in 200M at Edmonton International Track Classic June 29

EDMONTON - The organizers of this summer’s Edmonton International Track Classic will need a little more room on the billboard. In addition to Jamaican sprinters Yohan Blake and Veronica Campbell-Brown, 200-metre specialist Warren Weir, also of Jamaica, will compete at Foote Field on June 29. Weir, who claimed a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London after finishing behind Usian Bolt and Blake in the men’s 200 metres, will go up against Canadian Olympians Jared Connaughton and Tremaine Harris in Edmonton. Weir, who’s never raced in Canada, recently claimed gold at the Shanghi Diamond League meet with a time of 20.18. Harris and Connaughton, the third and fourth fastest in Canadian history, both competed in London. “There is an excellent chance we’ll set some records with this event,” said meet director Peter Ogilvie. The EITC is the third of five stops on the National Track League series. Blake, the youngest 100-metre world champion in history, raced in Edmonton last June. He and Campbell-Brown, another of Jamaica’s speedsters, left London with five medals between them.