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YOUR VIEW: What are Canada's track and field medal chances in Beijing?

YOUR VIEW: What do you think of Canada's track and field medal chances at this summer's Olympics in Beijing?

It's been over a decade since a Canadian track and field athlete has stood on the Olympic podium. Athletics Canada wants that to change this summer in Beijing.

After coming home empty handed from the Sydney and Athens Games, Canada's track and field governing body expects two medals from the 29-plus athletes going to China in August.

That total is the same number of medals Canada won at the 2007 world track and field championships in Osaka, Japan, where Perdita Felicien won silver in the women's 100-metre hurdles and Gary Reed won silver in the men's 800 metres.

Reed and 400-metre runner Tyler Christopher — 2005 world bronze medallist and reigning world indoor champion in the distance — are among Canada's medal hopes in China.

Felicien is one of six athletes granted an extension based on their previous performances, but she is not expected to compete.

Will Canada see its first track and field medallists since Donovan Bailey  and the 4x100-metre relay team in 1996?

What do you think of Canada's track and field medal chances at this summer's Olympics in Beijing?

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