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Winnipeg's Gardiner fired by Athletics Canada

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ATHLETICS Canada has fired its two top coaches. Head coach Alex Gardiner of Winnipeg and chief high performance officer Martin Goulet were let go by track and field's national governing body Wednesday on the heels of Canada's disappointing performance at last summer's London Olympics.

"I think now especially with dollars being involved, there's accountability and there are performance expectations," Athletics Canada's CEO Rob Guy said in a phone interview from his Ottawa office.

"Really we're in the performance business, we have objectives for performance, and just like anybody else, we need to meet them.

"We get a lot of money to attempt to win medals, and when we don't do that, we need to look at ways as to how we get better."

Canada had set a target of three athletics medals in London but fell short, coming away with just one -- Derek Drouin's bronze in high jump.

Gardiner preferred not to comment when reached by The Canadian Press.

Gardiner was Canada's head coach at the 2004 Athens Olympics then left Athletics Canada to work for the Canadian Olympic Committee. He returned to Athletics Canada in 2008.

-- The Canadian Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 24, 2013 D4

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