June 26, 2011
Felicien Canadian hurdles champ
By SCOTT FISHER, QMI Agency
CALGARY - Perdita Felicien made it a perfect 10.
Canada’s hurdling superstar won her 10th Canadian title Saturday at Foothills Athletic Park.
“Ten! Yes!” Felicien told media members when asked about her achievement.
“I hit the round number and then Matt (Gentes, Athletics Canada PR guru) asked 10 more? I said ‘no.’
“Ten’s a nice number. You’ll probably get me trying it for another two or three years. But after that, I’ve gotta shut it down.”
Felicien, who moved to Calgary earlier this year to train with heptathlete Jessica Zelinka, won the 110m hurdles in 12.80.
“It’s my new home,” she said. “Pickering (Ont.) will always be my hometown, but everyone here has been warm and has embraced me.”
A gold medal, as it turns out, is a fantastic painkiller.
Crystal Emmanuel, who won the women’s 100m gold Friday night, was looking for a repeat performance in the 200m Saturday. But she suffered an injury to her right foot halfway through the race.
“In the middle of the race, I felt a pop on the side of my foot,” she said. “It hurt, but I pushed through it.”
She crossed the line in 22.99, good for top spot, and then crumpled to the track in obvious pain. The 19-year-old Scarborough sprinter was carried from the track and spent a long time receiving treatment.
Emmanuel, the first woman to win the 100m and 200m since Erica Witter in 2003, wasn’t the only double gold medallist Saturday.
Julie Labonte, from Ste-Justine, Que., won the shot put (18.12m) after claiming the Canadian discus crown (53.31m) Friday.
“I’ve been working really hard,” Labonte said. “To win two gold medals this weekend, it’s really amazing.”