Cam Levins going to Commonwealth Games

Canadian Olympian from Black Creek one of 50 athletes selected by Athletics Canada

CAM LEVINS OF Black Creek has been named to the Canadian team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

CAM LEVINS OF Black Creek has been named to the Canadian team for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

Cam Levins is heading back to the United Kingdom.

On Wednesday, Athletics Canada announced the distance runner from Black Creek was one of 50 athletes named to Team Canada for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which run July 23 to Aug. 4 in Glasgow.

The Athletics Canada website has Levins entered in the men’s 10,000m which is scheduled to be run on Aug. 1

The Games will be the largest ever multi-sport event held on Scottish soil. Athletics competition will take place at Hampden Park Stadium July 27 through Aug. 2.

Levins previous visit to the U.K. was for the 2012 London Olympics, where he finished 11th in the 10,000m in a time of 27:40.68 and 14th in the 5,000m in 13:51.87 despite catching the flu just before the finals.

In 2013, Levins finished 14th in the 10,000m at the World Athletics Championship in Moscow.

In January 2014, Levins shattered the Canadian record in the indoor 5,000 metres at the Boston University Multi-Event meet. He finished the 25-lap race in 13:19.16, breaking the previous record of 13:25.87 set by Jason Bunston in 1997 in Stockholm.

Levins, 25, had an outstanding track career at Southern Utah, winning both the 5,000m and 10,000m titles at the 2012 NCAA championships. He capped that season by becoming the first Canadian to win the Bowerman Award as the NCAA’s top track and field athlete.

In 2013 the Canadian Olympian joined the Nike-sponsored Oregon Distance Project in Portland, Ore., and is now coached by three-time New York City Marathon champion Alberto Salazar.

Team Canada athletics head coach Peter Eriksson on the squad: “I am very proud of the team selected. Our team objective is to surpass the results from the 2010 edition of the Games where we won 17 medals (seven gold, two silver and eight bronze).

“In 2010, 84 per cent of the team finished in the top eight. This team is a healthy mix of young blood and experienced athletes, they are focused on what it will take to get the job done.”

A team of 265 athletes and close to 100 coaches and support staff will be in Glasgow, Canada’s largest team ever fielded for a non-home Games. The entire Canadian team, as well as the team’s flag bearer, will be officially announced by Commonwealth Games Canada in July 2014.

FINISH LINES Levins won the NACAC and Canadian cross-country titles in 2012 … in 2013 he set the Canadian indoor record for two miles at the Millrose Games in 8:14.69 … one of his greatest challengers at Glasgow is expected to be England’s Mo Farah, the 2012 Olympic double gold medallist in the 5,000m and 10,000m who also trains with Salazar in Portland …

 

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