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Breakthrough season has Kaba thinking big for 2016; will face World Champs medallist in Montreal

The 2016 Hershey Canadian Indoor Championships take place February 19 to 21 in Montreal, Que. The meet serves as a national championship for youth and junior age category athletes, the event also features competition from Canada’s national team athletes in Open and Invitational events. For more information and to register visit www.indoors.athletics.ca.

2015 IAAF World Championships semi-finalist Sekou Kaba of Ottawa, Ont., will take part in a special invitational men’s 60-metre hurdles at the 2016 Hershey Indoor Championships. The Canadian will face a talented international field including American 2013 World Championships silver medallist Ryan Wilson, on the evening of February 20 at Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard. 

Kaba will be the first to tell you, he’s not a speed guy. “I get it all the time from people that watch me workout, ‘How do you run so fast with so little flat speed?’ For a guy that races sprint hurdle events, Kaba’s 100-metre personal best of 11.25 seconds is somewhat surprising to hear. But the 1.067-metre high hurdles can be a great equalizer. Watch him negotiate these barriers at top speed and the digs about his 100-metres personal best and questions about his flat speed cease.

Last year Kaba made a jump to the world stage. The 25 year-old dropped some faster times in his primary event, the 110-metre hurdles. Opening his season under 14 seconds, Kaba could feel that this year would be different. He earned a spot in the IAAF World Championships and achieved the 2016 Olympic qualifying time. “I feel more seasoned after competing at the World Champs, I’m looking forward to seeing what’s next in 2016,” said Kaba. 

The competition that Kaba relishes most from 2015 was the 110-metre hurdles final at the Canadian Track & Field Championships. In the race, Kaba, decathlete Damian Warner and Jonathan Cabral all went under the World and Olympic qualifying standard. “It was a mind-blowing event. For all three of us to race that well with the pressure of trying to make the Worlds team, it’s tough to put into words how good it felt,” said Kaba.

Early season training has been going well for the Olympic hopeful. “I am super excited about the opportunity to compete in Montreal at the Hershey Canadian Indoor Championships. I couldn’t be happier to represent Canada in front of a home crowd against a great international hurdle field,” said Kaba.

The winner of the Open men’s 60-metre hurdles will advance to the international section on February 20 and face an impressive elite field. 

Invitational men’s 60-metre hurdles
Name, Country, Personal Best

Sekou Kaba, 7.77, Canada
Spencer Adams, 7.70, USA
Greggmar Swift, 7.54, Barbados
Andrew Riley, 7.59, Jamaica
Mikel Thomas, 7.70, Trinidad & Tobago
Ryan Wilson, 7.75, USA
Ronnie Ash, 7.59, USA
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