Christian Brennan advances to 400m final

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July 25,2014(ISN) – Eugene, Oregon, USA – Christian Brennan of Hamilton, Ont., and Agnes Esser of Victoria, B.C., advances to finals on day three of the World Junior Championships. Brennan, who races for the hometown Oregon Ducks, qualified for the women’s 400-metres final placing third in the third semi-final in a time of 53.81 seconds. Esser threw a personal best of 51.65-metres in women’s discus qualification to qualify for tomorrow’s final.

In the women’s 3000-metres final Gabriela Stafford of Toronto, Ont., was ninth in 9:14.97.

Day three also saw personal bests from Regan Yee of South Hazelton, B.C., and Jessy Lacourse of Victoriaville, Que., in the women’s 3000-metres steeplechase. Raquel Tjernagel of New Westminster, B.C., set a personal best in the heats of the women’s 200-metres while Andre Azonwanna set a personal best in the men’s 200-metres semi-finals.

Day four (July 25) gets started at 1:00pm ET with Marek Adamowicz, of St-Bruno, Que., in the men’s 10-kilometres race walk final. For more on day four see preview that follows day three overview.

Day 3 overview (July 24)

Agnes Esser, Victoria, BC
5th in Group A qualification of discus throw, 51.65m Personal Best
Advances to discus throw final

Agnes Esser “It went really well, I got a PB so I’m happy, I didn’t quite get the auto-qualifier (52.00m), fingers crossed, I hope to get into the final.”

Regan Yee, South Hazelton, BC
9th heat 1 of 3000m Steeplechase, 10:32.04 Personal Best
Does not advance to final

Regan Yee “I was feeling pretty good, obviously I was trying to stay up with the top girls, try to make it into the final. It’s hard to be disappointed with a PB. I feel good about it.”

Jessy Lacourse, Victoriaville, QC
14th in heat 2 of 3000m Steeplechase, 10:37.13 Personal Best
Does not advance to final

Jessy Lacourse “I’m quite happy with the personal best by more than nine seconds. It’s also a Quebec junior/senior record. I was hoping to go below 10:39.”

Bolade Ajomale, Richmond Hill, ON
5th in heat 1 of 200m, 21.60 -0.8
Does not advance to semi-finals

Bolade Ajomale “I’ve been struggling with an injury for a couple of days now, I just wanted to go out and do my best. Felt strong out of the blocks, hit the straight and I started to cramp up, it tightened up on me (hamstring), it cost me.”

Andre Azonwanna, Toronto, ON
2nd in heat 4 of 200m, 21.25 -0.3
Advances to semi-finals

Andre Azonwanna “It felt really good, the 100m final last night was disappointing for me, but the thing about a champion is when you get hit you have to bounce right back.”

Andre Azonwanna
5th in semi-final 2 of 200m, 20.90 +1.3 Personal Best
Does not advance to final

Andre Azonwanna “I’m just glad to have got the personal best. My start was good, I finished strong, and I executed everything I needed to do, that’s the best I could have gave it.”

Leya Buchanan, Mississauga, ON
5th in heat 5 of 200m, 23.96 +2.1
Advances to semi-finals on time

Leya Buchanan “I’m sick, extremely hard for me to breathe. My bend wasn’t the best; usually it’s my best part of the race. I wanted to run sub 24 seconds, even if I don’t advance to the semi-finals I am happy about that.”

Leya Buchanan
5th in semi-final 2 of 200m, 24.17 +1.2
Does not advance to final

Leya Buchanan “I ran the bend a lot better which is good, I feel like I could have finished stronger.”

Raquel Tjernagel, New Westminster, BC
3rd in heat 6 of 200m, 23.75 +1.9 Personal best
Auto-qualifies for semi-finals

Raquel Tjernagel “My goal was to go out fast because I was in (lane) 8, the corner is my strength, I used that to my advantage.”

Raquel Tjernagel
6th in semi-final 1 of 200m, 23.90 +2.5
Does not advance to final

Racquel Tjernagel “I tried to do the same thing as earlier today because I was in lane 8 again, happy I made it to the semi-finals.”

Jordan Sherwood, Cambridge, ON
7th in semi-final 1 of 400m hurdles, 53.41
Does not advance to final

Jared Kerr, Brampton, ON
7th in semi-final 3 of 400m hurdles, 52.91
Does not advance to final

Mariam Abdul-Rashid, Oshawa, ON
2nd in heat 1 of 400m hurdles, 58.60
Auto-qualifies for semi-finals

Mariam Abdul-Rashid “I tried to take it out hard and get to that first hurdle smooth with my left leg, to be honest it was all kind of a blur. My goal is to make the final, once there you can contend for a medal.”

Ashley Taylor, Burlington, ON
3rd in heat 4 of 400m hurdles, 59.82
Auto-qualifies for semi-finals

Ashley Taylor “Things felt really good, it was nice to get the muscles rolling in the first heat and feel the track, gear up for fighting for a spot in the final. That’s my goal.”

Madeline Price, Toronto, ON
3rd in semi-final 2 of 400m, 54.06
Does not advance to final

Madeline Price “I was trying to stay relaxed, that was the goal, trying to get a personal best, my legs just weren’t there. I felt a little rough on the third turn. Not pleased with the time, should have been faster.”

Christian Brennan, Hamilton, ON
3rd in semi-final 3 of 400m, 53.81
Advances to final based on time (fastest time qualifier)

Christian Brennan “I’m really excited, I was just trying to get to the final, take it from there, do what I can. I haven’t had the best season so I wasn’t sure what to expect.”

Gabriella Stafford, Toronto, ON
9th in 3000m final, 9:14.97

Day 4 preview (July 25) all times Eastern Time

1:00pm – 10km race walk FINAL
Marek Adamowicz, St-Bruno, QC

2:00pm – 100m hurdles heats
Nicole Setterington, London, ON
Tia Thevenin, Ajax, ON

2:40pm – 3000m steeplechase heats
Brandon Allen, Amherstburg, ON
Ben Preisner, Milton, ON

3:15pm – 1500m heats
Katelyn Ayers, Orillia, ON
Alexandra Lucki, Toronto, ON

3:50pm – 800m heats
Robert Heppenstall, Hamilton, ON
Elijah Silva, Toronto, ON

10:05pm – 400mH semi finals
Mariam Abdul-Rashid, Oshawa, ON
Ashley Taylor, Burlington, ON

10:45pm – Discus FINAL
Agnes Esser, Victoria, BC

11:30pm – 400m FINAL
Christian Brennan, Hamilton, ON

11:45pm – 5000m FINAL
Justyn Knight, Vaughan, ON