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Belizean athletes start competing today in Querétaro, Mexico in their quest to qualify to the Tokyo Olympics

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Posted: Friday, June 11, 2021. 1:26 pm CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Nine of eleven Belizean athletes will compete today in Mexico’s National Athletics Championship in Querétaro in their quest to qualify to the Tokyo Olympics and the Pan American Games.

Mexican National Championships are only for Mexicans, but since they are participating as invited guests of the Federation of Mexican Athletics Associations (FMAA), their times will be considered official for qualification to the Olympics and Pan Am Games.

The championship starts today at 5:00 pm at the Olympic Stadium in Querétaro and closes on Sunday, June 13.

Ashontie Carr and Samantha Dirks will run the 400m at 5:40 pm in the fourth event of the day.

Then, at 6:05 pm, Linden Wade and Gary Neal try their luck in the 400m as well.

Hilary Gladden will compete in the 100m semi-finals at 6:05 pm.

Shaun Gill, Mark Anderson, Rahim Monsanto, Jihad Ahmaad will then participate in the 100m semi-finals at 6:50.

Should they qualify, the 100m finals will be run at 8:25 pm (F) and 8:45 pm (M).

Ashantie Carr and Canaan Smith should see action on Saturday and Sunday.

The Belize Athletics Association (BAA) president Deon Sutherland said that the BAA asked the Federation of Mexican Athletics Associations (FMAA) to allow our athletes to participate “because we want our athletes to get timing and more events under their belt in order to qualify for ranking points for the Olympics and the Pan American Games 2023.”

The FMAA was kind enough to accept and that gives our athletes an added opportunity to make it to the Olympics.

5:40 pm 400m Sf F Ashontie Carr, Samantha Dirks

6:05pm 400m Sf M Linden Wade, Gary Neal

6:30pm 100m Sf F Hilary Gladden

6:50pm 100m Sf M Shaun Gill, Mark Anderson, Rahim Monsanto, Jihad Ahmaad

8:25pm 100m F F

8:45pm 100m F M

5pm 100m M

The team is being be led by BAA Executive member and coach Shelmadine Carr.

The athletes the BAA is sending to Querétaro are:

Samantha Dirks – 200m, 400m, 4x100m relay

National 100m champ Hilary Gladden – 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay

Ashontie Carr – 400m, 800m, 4x100m relay

Ashantie Carr – long jump, triple jump, 4x100m relay

National discus champion Canaan Smith – discus

National 100m champ Shaun Gill- 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay

National 200m champ Mark Anderson -100m, 200m, 4x100m relay

National 200m subchamp & 3rd place in 100m Rahim Monsanto – 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay

Jihad Ahmaad – 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay

Linden Wade – 400m and 800m

National 400m champ Gary Neal – 200m and 400m

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