Day five at the 2017 IAAF World Athletics Championships saw Canada record a trio of top eight finishes. Matt Hughes of Oshawa, Ont., led the way with a sixth-place finish in the 3000-metres steeplechase, while Shawn Barber of Toronto and Brandon McBride of Windsor, Ont., placed eighth in the pole vault and 800-metres respectively.
Matt Hughes recorded a sixth-place finish in the 3000-metres steeplechase final in a seasonal best performance of 8:21.84. This was only Hughes’ third race of the year after suffering an unfortunate injury while training earlier this season. Hughes was also sixth at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. “I’m not really satisfied to be honest; I was sixth in 2013. I’ve had some misfortunate injuries the past two years leading up to the Championships. I’m not going to use that as an excuse. I needed to be a little bit better there, especially on the last lap. I thought on a pretty good day I could be fourth and I was right there with a lap to go. Maybe if I didn’t take two months off with an injury I would have been there. I’m going to take that as motivation leading forward to the next two or three years.”
Defending pole vault world champion Shawn Barber wasn’t able to rekindle the magic from the 2015 World Championships finishing eighth with a best clearance of 5.65-metres. Barber had second attempt clearance at 5.50-metres, and a third attempt clearance at 5.65-metres. He wasn’t able to clear the third height of 5.75-metres. “Everything didn’t line up quite the way I needed it to today, I look forward to having a strong year next season.”
After taking charge of his semi-final race to advance to the final, Brandon McBride may have just run out of gas. He led early and through 500-metres, but the rest of the field caught him and he ended up eighth in 1:47.09. “I just didn’t quite have it today, after a couple of tough rounds, I usually have a lot left with 150-metres to go, but today it was different. NCAA’s, we have two rounds, it was new for me to run two 1:45 rounds and have to come back a third time. I’m going to be ready for the next global final.”
Elizabeth Gleadle of Vancouver competed in the women’s javelin final. Her best of three throws measured 60.12-metres, which was not enough to advance and earn herself three more throws in the final. “I was ready, I was focused. The javelin is a hard event, sometimes it just doesn’t connect the way you want it to.” Gleadle finished 12th overall.
Sage Watson of Medicine Hat, Alta., qualified for the final of the women’s 400-metre hurdles finishing second in her semi-final in a time of 55.05 seconds. “The race wasn’t exactly what I wanted, I just went after it. I’ve always dreamed of this, I can’t wait to race in the final.” The final goes Thursday at 4:35 pm ET. “It’s my first time making a final as a senior athlete, I’m just really excited about going out, represent Canada well and go for a personal best.”
Crystal Emmanuel of East York, Ont., qualified for the women’s 200-metre semi-finals by placing second in her heat in a time of 22.87 seconds. The women’s 200-metre semi-finals are Thursday at 4:05 p.m. ET.
Brittany Crew of Toronto made her first major senior championship final after recording a big third throw in qualifying of 18.01-metres. Her previous best going into her final attempt was 17.41-metres, which would not have been good enough to get her into tomorrow’s final.
Taryn Suttie of Hanley, Sask., recorded a best throw of 16.47-metres in women’s shot put qualifying placing her 12th in Group B qualifying, not enough to advance to the final.
Canadian Day 6 Worlds preview (all times ET)
Day 6 of the 2017 IAAF World Championships features heats/qualifications in three different events for the Canadian team, in addition to the women’s shot put final.
Canada’s top female steeplechasers, including Maria Bernard (Calgary), Alycia Butterworth (Parksville, B.C.) and Canadian record-holder Genevieve Lalonde (Moncton, N.B.), take to the track in the women’s 3000-metre steeplechase at 2:05 p.m.
Beginning at 2:10 p.m., Christabel Nettey (Surrey, B.C.) looks to quality in the women’s long jump.
After breaking the Canadian record in the men’s 10,000-metres on Aug. 4, Mohammed Ahmed (St. Catharines, Ont.,) will race in the men’s 5000-metre heats alongside Justyn Knight (Vaughn, Ont.) at 3:05 p.m.
At 3:25 p.m. Brittany Crew will look to better her qualifying marks of 18.01-metres in the women’s shot put final.
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