Mobolade Ajomale, Team Canada 4x100 Take Bronze in Rio Olympics
Academy of Art University’s Mobolade Ajomale was awarded a bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. Courtesy of ART U Athletics.
Ajomale helped his team secure a place in the finals, with the third fastest time in Canadian history
In the final event on the penultimate night of track & field action at the 2016 Olympic Games on August 19, Academy of Art University’s Mobolade Ajomale and Team Canada earned bronze medals following an inspired performance in the 4x100m relay.
The morning prior, Ajomale had contributed an impressive anchor leg for Canada in the relay prelims. Strong down the stretch after receiving the baton from teammate Brendon Rodney, Ajomale joined Zhang Peimeng of China and Jarrion Lawson of the United States as the three countries separated from the remaining competitors.
The third place finish in their heat ensured an automatic qualification to the event finals and the collective time of 37.89 ended up being the third fastest time in Canadian history by the end of the week.
“The goal coming in was to go out there, qualify for the final, and we did just that,” said Ajomale. “I knew with about 50 meters to go that we would qualify so the only thing going on in my mind was, ‘Let’s go out there and do it again!’”
Although he was replaced by 100m bronze and 200m silver medalist Andre De Grasse for the anchor leg in the final, Ajomale was still awarded the prestigious medal for his efforts to get the Canadian quartet through round one and into finals.
Friday’s grand finale saw Akeem Haynes, Aaron Brown, Rodney and De Grasse collectively break the Canadian record with a 37.64. Though De Grasse
Mobolade Ajomale comes home with a bronze medal and a Rio Olympics logo sculpture. Courtesy of ART U Athletics.
crossed the finish line in fourth overall, and just 0.02 behind the United States in third (37.62), Team USA received a disqualification for an exchange outside of the takeover zone as announced immediately following the race. Therefore, Canada was elevated to a bronze medal and all members of the relay team honored.
The relay’s gold medal was claimed by Jamaica’s team of Asafa Powell, Yohan Blake, Nickel Ashmeade and Usain Bolt, who ran the fourth fastest time in Olympic history at 37.27. With the victory, Bolt completed the unique “triple triple,” capturing gold in the 100m and 200m in the days leading up to the 4x100m. He has repeatedly said this will be his final Olympic Games.
A bright future lies ahead for Ajomale, who returned to San Francisco in August to begin his sophomore year as he prepares for the 2017 indoor track & field season in January.