Three hours had passed since the end of the race. His heart was still sensitive.
The dream of Farah Jacques of the Olympics had fallen into the water, almost. The sprinter of Gatineau was third in the test of 200 m to the Canadian trials held Sunday on a rainy day in Edmonton.
The two women who edged at the finish line, Crystal Emmanuel and Kim Hyacinthe, got their ticket to Rio, who passed the Olympic standard of 23.20 seconds.
“I still have the pain, even if it is a little better after the race, told Jacques, 26, on the line.
“I console myself by saying that I still won a medal for the first time in his career at the Canadian championships,” she added.
The student at the Universite du Quebec en Outaouais (UQO) had pointed floor Alberta in recent days with the intention to carve out a place in the Olympic team. She was invited to the discussion of Rio with a time of 23.21 in Florida on 30 March.
Suddenly, she was in a split second Olympic criteria.
Except that Sunday at Edmonton, Jacques could do better than 23.68. This was his first experience in trials. She learned that anything can happen.
His race was delayed almost two hours because of thunderstorms.
“We were supposed to run at 14 h 10. Finally, it happened around 16 am,” she recounted.
A period which has annoyed. “Because I was ready to run away, noted Jacques, who however refused to use this as an excuse unexpected.
“I had a good start to my race. Then I saw a girl pass me. I let myself be distracted by this … ”
Now she will spend the next few hours to cross their fingers, clinging to a slim – very slim – hope.
A press conference will be held on Monday to unveil the composition of the Canadian Olympic team. “I may be a chance to find myself in a relay, noted Farah Jacques.
“But at the same time, I do not want to create too much of hope … I do not want to live another penalty.”
No matter what happens, protected from Glenroy Gilbert Olympic medalist repeats it experienced “a big year.” That next season in 2017, she would like to participate in the world championships.
“Before this year I had not had remarkable time. When I look at that, I’m very proud of myself, “she argued.
A major injury to his right ankle derailed his career, four years ago. A career that Jacques was put on hold for one season in 2012.
The athlete of Haitian descent, who grew up in Montreal, resumed training in 2013, a few months after arriving in Gatineau. She made friends with Gilbert, who leads athletes from across the Ottawa River in the Terry Fox run in Ottawa.
Guenard stands in Edmonton
Tendinitis in his left ankle sent to forced standing for more than a month in the spring. Obviously, this injury no longer bothers Danika Guénard which was crowned best junior walker in the country.
The girl Chelsea won the event 10 km Canadian track and field championships in Edmonton. She covered the distance in 1:02:49.
Even better, his time was the second fastest in the senior women.
“I came here and I gave everything I had, told Guenard, aged 17.
“I thought of all my efforts to return to competition, all the people who encouraged me. I had a lot of fun. There were several athletes who were trying to qualify for the Games in Rio. ”
Athletics Canada had designated these championships as Olympic qu’essais. Dreams have materialized. Others were pushed or worse, crushed.
Guenard took good notes.
“It allowed me to gain experience in a big competition where there is stress. You’re more comfortable, more you can overtake you, “she recalled.
Especially, the last days have allowed him to replenish the trust.
“When I got injured, I was a little discouraged. I saw others who continued to train to become better. There, it gives me confidence. It said: do not let go, it’s going well. You can just improve. ”
Guénard was not the only athlete of Gatineau athletics club in the championships. Audrey Leduc was seventh in the long jump and 10th in the 100, every time a junior.