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Brendon Rodney (born 9 April 1992) is a Canadian sprinter. As a member of the Canadian men's relay team, he won bronze medals in the 4 × 100 metres relay at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the same event at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China. He also competed as an individual runner at both events.[5]

Brendon Rodney
Brendon Rodney Rio2016.jpg
Rodney at the 2016 Olympics
Personal information
NationalityCanadian
Born (1992-04-09) 9 April 1992 (age 27)
Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada[1]
EducationLong Island University
Height195 cm (6 ft 5 in)[2]
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
Sport
CountryCanada
SportTrack and field
Event(s)sprints, 200 metres, 100 metres,
College teamLIU Brooklyn Blackbirds[3]
ClubKingston, Jamaica
Turned pro2016
Coached bySimon Hodnett (club)
Glenroy Gilbert (national)[3]
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)100 m: 10.28 (2015)
200 m: 19.96 (2016)[4]

Rodney competed for Canada at the 2013 Summer Universiade. The following year he competed for Canada at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. He then competed for Canada at the 2015 Pan American Games. On his way to competing for Canada at the 2016 Summer Olympics, Rodney became just the second Canadian man to run the 200 m in under 20 seconds when he ran a 19.96 at the national trials in Edmonton, beating favourite Andre De Grasse.[6] The win came just weeks after his mother almost died of a brain aneurysm.[6]

In July 2016, he was named to Canada's Olympic team. In addition to winning a bronze medal with the Canadian relay team, he competed in the men's 200 metres event, placing third in the seventh of the preliminary heats.[7]

In August 2017, Rodney competed in the 2017 World Championships in Athletics representing Canada in the 4 x 100 metres relay. The Canadian relay team ultimately placed sixth place in the finals.[8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Brendon Rodney". olympic.ca. Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  2. ^ Brendon Rodney Archived 26 August 2016 at the Wayback Machine. rio2016.com
  3. ^ a b Brendon Rodney Archived 20 September 2016 at the Wayback Machine. nbcolympics.com
  4. ^ Brendon Rodney at IAAF
  5. ^ Heats results. iaaf.org
  6. ^ a b "Brendon Rodney upsets Andre De Grasse in 200m". CBC Sports. 10 July 2016.
  7. ^ Hossain, Asif (11 July 2016). "Athletics Canada nominates largest squad to Team Canada for Rio". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  8. ^ "IAAF: 4x100 Metres Relay Result - IAAF World Championships London 2017 - iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 24 August 2017.