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