GWANGJU, South Korea (Team Canada) – Friday was a busy evening at Gwangju’s World Cup Stadium for the athletics team. Six Canadian athletes competed in final races and three more athletes are in position to compete in tomorrow’s finals.
Rachel Aubry of Ottawa, Ont., had the top finish of the evening, placing fifth in the women’s 800-metres. She passed two athletes in the final 300 metres after crossing the finish line the first time in seventh position.
The top three finishers in the race all put up personal bests with New Zealand’s Angela Petty taking gold in a time of 1:59.06, while Aubry crossed at 2:02.17. Lindsey Butterworth (Simon Fraser University), who started in lane one, finished seventh.
Running in ninth position at the start of the bell lap in the men’s 1500-metres, Robert Denault (Aurora, Ont.) was catching up to the lead pack when he crossed the line in sixth place. His time of 3:41.13 had him well clear of the seventh place finisher from South Africa who had led through much of the early going.
Canada had four sprinters competing in semi-finals of the 200-metres and Farah Jacques of Quebec City, Que., advanced to the finals. There, she finished sixth with a time of 23.58.
Heptathletes Georgia Ellenwood and Niki Oudenaarden (University of Calgary) sit 7th and 9th in the standings after day one of the heptathlon. Ellenwood won the high jump section with a jump of 1.80 metres.
Maria Bernard of Calgary, Alta. (UBC) and Regan Yee of Hazelton, B.C. (Trinity Western University) finished back-to-back in the 3000-metre steeplechase, crossing the line in seventh and eighth, respectively.
BLG Award Winner Ross Proudfoot of Sudbury Ont. (University of Guelph) qualified for the 5000-metre final with a fourth place time of 14:09.00 in the semi-final.
The athletics competition continues tomorrow and will close on Sunday, July 12.