© Copyright - 2012 - Athletics Illustrated The Canadian Women's 800m team will likely include the maximum three athletes that are permitted for each country, per event, at the 2012 London Olympic Games. The decision will come down to one fateful race that will happen at the Canadian Olympic Track and Field Trials in Calgary, Alberta, June 27th to June 30th. Until this year, it had been assumed that just one and maybe a second athlete would run the required Canadian Olympic Standards in the women's 800m event. Currently there are four athletes that have run better than the Canadian B-standard of 2:01.30 and two that have run faster than the A-standard of 1:59.90. The Canadian standards match the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) standards.
Articles with Diane Cummins
© Copyright - 2008 - Athletics Illustrated I first met Diane Cummins at the track, what are the odds? My son (then 9) and I were enjoying the Victoria International Track Classic at the University of Victoria, Centennial stadium, May 25th 2001. It was a cool, breezy evening and Diane had just handily run away from her competition in an 800m race, easing to a 2:04. One of the best parts of Vic International is heading onto the track and meeting world class athletes immediately after the competition ends. When we got down onto the track, we caught up with Diane first. We found her to be, accommodating, engaging; effervescent. My son got her autograph, which he still has, on the two page program - within moments she was surrounded. I ran into Diane and asked her if she would be interested in speaking at my half-marathon clinic I had going on every week. I had been leading 60 or so newer runners, who were ready to take on the half-marathon distance after tackling the a local 10k road race with nearly 10, 000 participants. Diane brought everyone to points of laughter and tears; a roller coaster of emotions in a matter of minutes. Magic happened and everyone felt lighter on their feet that evening. Once we headed out for the run, the participants were talking all about Diane and the run disappeared on them, they forgot they were working it! Diane, at the top of running in Canada is getting ready for the Beijing Olympics; contesting the 800m and looking beyond however, I know she is focused on the big show. Here follows our interview.