July 24th, 2024

World champions Katzberg, Rogers book tickets to Paris at Canadian Olympic trials

By The Canadian Press on June 26, 2024.

Camryn Rogers from Richmond, B.C. competes for the win in the hammer throw at the Canadian Track and Field Olympic trials in Montreal, Wednesday, June 26, 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christinne Muschi

MONTREAL – World champions Ethan Katzberg and Camryn Rogers have their tickets to Paris booked and ready.

Katzberg won the men’s hammer throw, besting the Olympic standard once more, with a throw 82.60 metres at the Canadian Olympic trials on Wednesday. Rogers did the same in topping the women’s field in the hammer throw at 75.05 metres.

The pair – both the top-ranked hammer throwers in the world – were the only athletes to earn spots for the upcoming Olympics on Wednesday.

Katzberg of Nanaimo, B.C., has enjoyed a strong year after a breakout 2023 season. The 22-year-old opened his campaign with the furthest throw in the world in 16 years at 84.38 metres back in April, and Wednesday was the sixth time in eight competitions he’s thrown over 80 metres.

He won the world title in 2023 with a then-Canadian record of 81.25 metres.

Rogers of Richmond, B.C., won silver in 2022 and gold in 2023 at the world championships. The 25-year-old recently matched her season best of 77.76 metres on June 21 in Spain.

Jake McEachern won the men’s under-20 hammer throw with a best of 67.32. Elise Drake topped the leaderboard in the women’s U20 hammer throw with a best of 50.40 metres.

The trials run through Sunday at the Sports Complex of Claude-Robillard.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 26, 2024.

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