The Canadian men’s 4×100-metre relay team received its Olympic silver medals Saturday at the Canadian national trials in a medal reallocation ceremony in Langley, B.C.
The group of Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., Toronto’s Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney of Etobicoke, Ont., and Jerome Blake of Kelowna, B.C., had initially earned bronze in the event at the Tokyo Games two years ago.
However, an official upgrade came in May 2022 following the disqualification of the British team due to a doping violation by team member CJ Ujah.
The group received it at McLeod Stadium in Langley in front of cheering fans, with the original Tokyo race broadcast on the big screen display before the medals were awarded.
“I forgot how heavy this was,” said Brown while lifting the medal following the ceremony.
“When we were in Tokyo there wasn’t a lot of fans and a lot of support so it was pretty empty. You could hear an echo in there. Here, our fans, our people that support us — our families are here, our friends our here — it’s a special moment to relive it and do it the right way.”
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De Grasse — a six-time Olympic medallist and the reigning Olympic champion in the 200 — failed to qualify for the 100 final on Friday and Brown won his fifth consecutive national title.
De Grasse is scheduled to compete in the men’s 200 on Sunday alongside Brown and Rodney.
The team is planning on holding a training camp in Barcelona ahead of the world championships in Budapest, Hungary in August.
Damian Warner is competing in the men’s 110 hurdles final after failing to qualify for the 400 on Friday.
Warner is competing in individual events at the national trials instead of the decathlon, where he is the reigning Olympic champion.