Zelinka heads to Olympics in two events
London Community News
London-born Jessica Zelinka has punched her ticket to the Summer Olympics in London, England after dominating at the 2012 Canadian Track and Field Trials in Calgary.
Zelinka, originally from London but who has called Calgary home for the past 10 years, just needed a top three finish in the heptathlon to secure his secure her spot to the Olympics and did so in shattering her own record of 6490 set at the Beijing Games in 2008 with a score of 6599 at the final event Thursday (June 28).
Second place and another berth to London went to Brianne Theisen with a score of 6393.
In a stunning upset, Zelinka also won the women's 100-metre hurdles competition Saturday (June 30), posting a time of 12.68, ahead of Phylicia George of Markham, Ont coming in at second place.
The top three hurdlers in the race are eligible for the Olympics.
Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., took second place with a time of 12.72 seconds, while star Nikkita Holder of Pickering, Ont, earned the third and final Olympic berth by crossing the finish line third in 12.80 seconds.