46 athletes will be representing Canada at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow, Russia later this month.
The count down is on for the event organized by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) which takes place from August 10 to 18 at the Luzhniki Staidum, the site of the 1980 Olympic Games.
It’s an appropriate setting for an event full of Olympians and Olympic talent. Team Canada will have 24 Olympians representing the country including 2012 Olympic Games bronze medalist Derek Drouin of Counna, Ont., and 2012 Olympic Games finalists Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., Damian Warner of London, Ont., Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., Michael Mason of Nanoose Bay, B.C., and the men’s 4×100-metres relay team.
The biennial event was last held in Daegu, Korea in 2011 where Armstrong earned Canada a silver medal in shotput.
Zelinka, 31, represented Canada in the heptathlon and 100m hurdles at the Olympics in London last year. It was reported that London would be her retirement competition but after another successful year in training, she has reportedly set her sites again on Brazil 2016.
Reigning World 200m champion Usain Bolt will defend his title in Moscow. He’s looking to take back his 100m crown, lost to team-mate Yohan Blake in Daegu two years ago.
Athletics Canada wants to improve the medal count beyond the number achieved at the 2012 Olympic Games in London where Canada placed 13th in the world earning 18 medals in total.
You can follow along on-line or stream a broadcast of the event online.
Check out the entire list of all Canadian athletes below make sure you’re cheering loud for our team!
As always, thanks for staying up to speed!
Team Canada, 2013 IAAF World Championships
Mohammed Ahmed 10,000 metres, St Catharines, Ont.
Dylan Armstrong, shot put, Kamloops, B.C.
Shawnacy Barber, pole vault, Toronto
Karine Belleau-Beliveau, 800 metres, Montreal
Khamica Bingham, 4×100, Toronto
Melissa Bishop, 800 metres, Eganville, Ont.
Nathan Brannen, 1,500 metres, Cambridge, Ont.
Aaron Brown, 100 metres/4×100, Toronto
Alicia Brown, 400 metres/4×400, Ottawa
Shai-anne Davis, 4×100 metres, Vancouver
Derek Drouin, high jump, Corunna, Ont.
Krista Duchene, marathon, Brantford, Ont.
Evan Dunfee, 50 kilometre racewalk, Richmond, B.C.
Sam Effah, 100 metres, Calgary
Crystal Emmanuel, 200 metres/4×100, Toronto
Sultana Frizell, hammer throw, Perth, Ont.
Alex Genest, steeple chase, Lac-aux-Sables, Que.
Inaki Gomez, 20-kilometre racewal, Vancouver
Tremaine Harris, 200 metres, Markham, Ont.
Matthew Hughes, steeple chase, Oshawa, Ont.
Kimberly Hyacinthe, 200 metres/4×100, Lachenaie, Que.
Cameron Levins, 5,000 metres/10,000 metres, Campbell River, B.C.
Oluwasegun Makinde, 4×100, Ottawa
Lanni Marchant, marathon, London, Ont.
Jenna Martin, 4×400, Caledonia, N.S.
Michael Mason, high jump, Nanoose Bay, B.C.
Noelle Montcalm, 400-metre hurdles/4×400, Windsor, Ont.
Cheria Morgan, 4×100, Pickering, Ont.
Tim Nedow, shot put, Brockville, Ont.
Christabel Nettey, long jump, Surrey, B.C.
Sheila Reid, 1,500 metres, Newmarket, Ont.
Dontae Richards Kwok, 4×100, Mississauga, Ont.
Anthony Romaniw, 800 metres, Hamilton
Nicole Sifuentes, 1,500 metres, Winnipeg
Gavin Smellie, 100 metres/4×100, Toronto
Brianne Theisen, heptathlon, Humboldt, Sask.
Benjamin Thorne, 20-kilometre racewalk, Kitimat, B.C.
Kate Van Buskirk, 1,500 metre, Toronto
Damian Warner, decathlon, London, Ont.
Justyn Warner, 4×100 metres, Markham, Ont.
Rob Watson, marathon, London, Ont.
Sarah Wells, 4×400, Toronto
Angela Whyte, 100-metre hurdles, Edmonton
Chris Winter, steeple chase, Vancouver
Krista Woodward, javelin, Vancouver
Jessica Zelinka, 100-metre hurdles, London, Ont.