Anthony Ro­maniw

The Hamilton Spectator - - ROAD TO RIO 2016 -

TEAM: Ath­let­ics EVENT: 800 me­tres BORN: Sept. 15, 1991 SCHOOL: St. Thomas More High School; Dart­mouth; Univer­sity of Guelph

HAV­ING AL­READY MET the qual­i­fy­ing stan­dard time, Ro­maniw had to fin­ish sec­ond at the Cana­dian track and field cham­pi­onships and Olympic tri­als in Ed­mon­ton ear­lier this month and did so by edg­ing fel­low Hamil­to­nian Robert Hep­pen­stall for sec­ond place.

Nick­named “Tony Romo,” Ro­maniw was 13th at the 2010 World Ju­nior cham­pi­onships, sev­enth at the 2013 World Univer­si­ade af­ter post­ing the fastest time in qual­i­fy­ing heats, and fin­ished 15th at last sum­mer’s Pan Am Games in Toronto.

He won the gold medal over 600 me­tres and took sil­ver in the 800 me­tres at the 2013 CIS (national univer­sity) cham­pi­onships to help Guelph to the team ti­tle.

The 800-me­tre event, the short­est of the “dis­tance” races, is one of the most dif­fi­cult to train for be­cause it in­volves both sprint­ing and dis­tance pac­ing.

“With the ex­cep­tion of a few, on any given day any­body can beat any­body in the 800,” he says.

“I think if I run the pre­lims well, I think I can make it to the semi­fi­nals. I’d like to get to the fi­nals and then, in the 800, any­thing can hap­pen.”

Anthony Ro­maniw: Adept at sprint­ing and dis­tance pac­ing

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