Gold for Rogers at IAAF World U20 Championships

Women’s 4x400-metre relay team sets new Canadian record

Ottawa – The 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships came to end yesterday (July 15) in Tampere, Finland, with 15 Canadian athletes competing in a final recording eight Top 8 finishes.

The highlight for Team Canada came from 19-year-old Camryn Rogers of Richmond, B.C., who landed on top of the podium in the women’s hammer throw. Throwing 10th in the starting order, Rogers sent her hammer out to 64.90metres to take an early lead in the first round, one she would never relinquish. After six throws, only 1.08 metres would separate the gold and bronze medallists, making Saturday’s hammer throw final the closest ever at the World U20 Championships.

“Being out there throwing is the best feeling in the world and being able to comeaway with a gold medal and thattitle just hones in on how amazing of a competition this was,” said Rogers after the competition.“This feels really special.”

Rogers is the third Canadian to win gold at the U20 Championships, following in the footsteps of Mark Boswell (1996) and Michael Mason (2004) who both won high jump gold.

Meanwhile on the track, Canada’s women’s 4x400-metre relay team, made-up of Xahria Santiago, Aurora Rynda, Ashlan Best and Sharelle Samuel, set a new Canadian record of 3:31.93 to finish fourth behind the U.S.A., Australia and Jamaica, just 3-100th of a second from a bronze medal and more than four seconds faster than their qualifying time of 3:36.14. Santiago and Best helped set the previous mark of 3:32.25 at the 2016 World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Canadian finalists:

  • Camryn Rodgers – Gold, women’s hammer throw (64.90 metres)
  • Xahria Santiago, Aurora Rynda, Ashlan Best and Sharelle Samuel – 4th, women’s 4x400-metre relay (3:31.93 – Canadian U20 record)
  • Khamal Stewart-Baynes – 6th, men’s 400-metres (46.79)
  • Kendra Leger – 7th, women’s 100-metre hurdles (13.68)
  • Myles Misener-Daley – 7th, men’s 400-metres (47.03)
  • Anastas Eliopoulos – 7th, men’s 110-metre hurdles (DNF)
  • Xahria Santiago – 8th, women’s 400-metre hurdles (58.49)
  • Ashlan Best – 8th, women’s 400-metres (53.59)
  • Jocelyn Chau – 9th, women’s 1,500-metres (4:18.56)
  • Taryn O’Neill – 9th, 3,000-metres (9:15.03)
  • Grace Fetherstonhaugh – 11th, women’s 3,000-metre steeplechase (10:02.28)
  • Marie-Lyssa Lafontaine – 11th, women’s 5,000-metres (16:36.43)
  • Alex Drover – 12th, men’s 3,000-metre steeplechase (9:10.16)
  • Cameron Ormond – 15th, women’s 3,000-metres (9:27.51)
  • Tyler Dozzi – 19th, men’s 5,000-metres (15:31.39)
  • Max Turek – 22nd, men’s 10,000-metres (31:30.07)

For more information on the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships, including a complete list of results, click here.

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