By Dan Plouffe
Two Ottawa Lions were named to the Canadian track-and-field team that will compete in the Pan American Games athletics competition Oct. 23-29 today.
Hammer thrower Sultana Frizell and sprinter Michael Robertson, who will race in the 4×400-metre relay will travel to Guadalajara, Mexico for the multi-sport competition that brings together athletes from across the Americas.
For Frizell, it will be a chance to get some international competition in prior to the Olympics. The 26-year-old missed out on the most important event in her sport besides the Olympics this season because she did not attain the required world championships ‘A’ standard throw distance within the qualification time period.
Frizell, the 2010 Commonwealth Games hammer throw champion, placed seventh at the last Pan Am Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2007.
For Robertson, it will be his second major multi-sport Games of the year. The University of Ottawa student competed at the FISU Universiade this summer in China, where he reached the semi-final round of the men’s 400 m. Prior to that, the 22-year-old hadn’t represented Canada in an international competition.
Earlier this month, a team of four athletes, three guide runners and two coaches from Ottawa were named to the Parapanamerican Games athletics team.
Noella Klawitter, Jason Dunkerley, Courtney Johnson and Brandon King will all run in track events, with guidance from Cody Boast, Josh Karanja and Brian Cummings. David Kreig is the team’s lead coach, while Hugh Conlin is the ambulatory lead coach.
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