The IAAF World Championships concluded yesterday in London. The events were exciting and our athletes put on some fantastic performances. Though they arenâ€™t returning home with any medals, they set new personal and seasonal bests for themselves, and represented our country well.
Amidst battling the flu, Damian Warner competed in the decathlon and set a new season best for himself in three of the 10 events. In the menâ€™s pole vault, he surpassed 4.70m; in the 400m he ran a time of 47.47s; and he ran the 1500m in 4:28.39.
In the Menâ€™s 800m, Brandon McBride placed 1st in his semi-final with a time of 1:45.53, and went on to compete in the finals where he finished 8th.
Matthew Hughes set and then beat his own season best in the 3000m Steeplechase. He ran 8:24.79 in the heats and then beat his own record in the finals with a time of 8:21.84, finishing 6th in the event.
We had two athletes, Mohammed Ahmed and Justyn Knight, participate in the 5000m and those athletes placed 6th and 9th respectively in the event.
Our female runners put on some fantastic performances for us throughout the Championship. Crystal Emmanuel ran a new personal best time of 11.14 seconds in the 100m semi-finals. In the 200m sprints, she placed 3rd in her semi-final and took a final place of 7th in the finals. In the 1500m heats, Gabriela Stafford ran a new personal best time of 4:04.55 but did not make it past the semi-finals, where she placed 12th. Lastly, Melissa Bishop competed in the Womenâ€™s 800m, and she placed 2nd in both her heat as well as the semi-final. In the finals, she took 5th with a time of 1:57.68.
Additionally, the Womenâ€™s 4x400m Relay team set a new season best time of 3:28.47 in their heats, but placed 6th and did not qualify to move on.
In the field, Alysha Newman qualified for the Womenâ€™s Pole Vault final where she finished in 7th with a jump of 4.65m. In our Menâ€™s Pole Vault final, Shawn Barber finished in 8th place with a jump of 5.65m. Brittany Crew finished 5th in her qualifications in the Womenâ€™s Shot Put. She made Canadian history as she was the first woman to compete in a Shot Put final at the World Championships, and she took 6th place with a throw of 18.21m.
Please join us in congratulating all of the athletes who competed in this Championship, we are extremely proud of all of you!
For a full list of results, click here.
Photos credit of Athletics Canada.