The 37-year-old was in the 50 km Olympic walk in Rio in 2016 and his qualification for Tokyo seemed already certain a year ago. But the health restrictions of the past year prevented him from competing in international competitions and forced the cancellation of the Canadian championship this spring.
So much so that Bilodeau was dangerously close to slipping out of the top 60 walkers in the world rankings in recent weeks, which would have cost him his place in Tokyo. A heartbreaking scenario that was fortunately avoided, to the relief of the walker and Athletics Canada.
Mathieu had to show great mental strength to persevere over the past few months. He deserves this opportunity and based on his results at the World Championships in Doha in 2019, we expect a solid performance from him in Tokyo., greeted Athletics Canada head coach Glenroy Gilbert in a press release.
Fourteenth in the 50 km event at the last World Championships, Mathieu Bilodeau will indeed be one to watch this summer in Japan.