EDMONTON -- The track-and-field season is heating up, and nowhere is the temperature higher than in the women's 100-metre hurdles.
Canadian hurdlers Nikkita Holder, Perdita Felicien (middle) and Priscilla Lopes-Schliep.
Whitby's Priscilla Lopes-Schliep showed Saturday that she's still the one to beat, topping an impressive field at the Donovan Bailey Invitational in Edmonton and earning her first win as a mother in a time of 12.76, her third best of the season.
The race served as a final preview before the Canadian track and field trials in Calgary June 27-30, where only three Olympic berths will be available to a deep field that includes as many as six world-class athletes.
Four of the other women expected to push Lopes-Schliep for those spots were also competing Saturday, but it was the only American in field, Nia Ali, who finished second in a time if 12.78.
Edmonton's Angela Whyte was in third (12.83), Scarborough's Phylicia George fourth (12.85), followed by the Pickering duo of Nikkita Holder (12.88) and Perdita Felicien (12.94).
All five Canadians athletes, as well as Calgary heptathlete Jessica Zelinka, have run the Olympic A standard this year.
Lopes-Schliep, nine months removed from giving birth to her first child, has run the fastest time of the year for a Canadian, an A+ standard of 12.64 in Jamaica on May 6. She also has the most impressive resume as the bronze medallist from the 2008 Beijing Game, the silver medallist from the 2009 world championships and the 2010 Diamond League champion.
Felicien, 31, is a 10-time national champion and two-time Olympian, while Holder, 25, is looking for her first trip to the Olympics.
Remarkably, the six A-standard performers in the women's hurdles are twice as many as any other event in Canadian athletics. There are three athletes who have run the A standard in the men's 200-metre dash and the men's marathon, and only eight others in the rest of the track-and-field events combined.
Lopes-Schliep, Felicien, Holder and George will all be competing closer to home, too, at the Toronto International Track and Field Games July 11 at the University of Toronto's Varsity Centre, the final leg of the NTL season.
By then, they will know if they are London-bound and will be making their final preparations prior to departing.