Day 5 morning wrap up: Ahbe into pole vault final; 6 others advance

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Kelsie Ahbe came through with a big performance to qualify for the women’s pole vault final. Ahbe jumped a personal best of 4.55-metres to book her ticket into Friday’s final.

In the men’s 200-metres Aaron Brown and Andre De Grasse advanced to the men’s 200-metre semis.

Nathan Brannen and Charles Philibert-Thiboutot advanced to the men’s 1500-metre semi-finals.

In the women’s 100-metre hurdles Phylicia George and Nikkita Holder made it through and will race in the semi-finals.

Women’s 5000m heats

Jessica O’Connell, 13th in heat 1, 15:51.18

“I went into the race with a singular goal of making the final, in the deepest of my heart I believed I was capable of it, I put myself in position to do that, through half of the race. I knew I had to keep contact with the front if I wanted a chance, I held on as long as I could. All of a sudden it got really, really hard, every step I took hurt, I just couldn’t do it, that’s tremendously disappointing.”

Andrea Seccafien, 11th in heat 2, 15:30.32

“There was a lot of bumping, I knew that’s how it was going to be at the Olympics, I feel like I wasted a lot of time trying to go around people, I was right there with two laps to go, that wasted energy cost me the final. It was a dream year, but I wanted to do more.”

Men’s 1500-metre heats

Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, 8th in heat 1, 3:40.04 q

“Le plan de course était de resté dans le top 5, donc dans une position pour me qualifier automatiquement. Ce qui vient avec essayer de rester dans le devant est que tu dois jouer au coude avec les autres, c’est ça qui est arrivé, probablement qu’avoir couru large m’a couté dans le dernier 100 mètres. Là je me croise les doigts d’avancer (il a avancé).”

Nathan Brannen, 4th in heat 2, 3:47.07 Q

“I think I made a lot of mistakes early on, there was a lot of jostling at the back. It wasn’t the best strategy ever, I tried to stay close to the front, not control the race, but be in contention the whole way. I was getting pushed around and was stuck in seventh to ninth. I just kept my composure, with 400-metres to go I knew I was fine, I had a lot left in me, stayed relaxed and kicked home. Big last lap is my kind of race.”

Women’s 100-metre hurdle heats 

Phylicia George, 2nd in heat 2, 12.83 -0.2 Q

“I feel like I didn’t really hit it in the beginning so it took me a little while to get going. Got the cobwebs out and ready for the next round. My plan was to come in, run hard and advance. Looking forward to running a personal best and advancing to the final.”

Angela Whyte, 6th in heat 3, 13.09 +0.9

Nikkita Holder, 4th in heat 5, 12.92 +1.0 SB q

“I need to clean a few things up, not hit a hurdle and get ready for the next race. The body feels awesome; the mind is right.”

Men’s 200-metre heats

Aaron Brown, 3rd in heat 3, 20.23 +0.3 q

“I wanted to make sure I gave a performance I could be proud of, I was disappointed with myself after the 100m. I drew lane 2, that’s difficult to run for me, being taller. I almost got the auto-qualifier (second), it looks like I am going to qualify on time, so I’m happy about that. In the last 50-metres I was just thinking don’t tie up, keep it going, I was just running to the tape.”

Brendon Rodney, 3rd in heat 7, 20.34 +0.2

Andre De Grasse, 1st in heat 10, 20.09 SB Q

“I was just trying to execute the first part of the race and relax coming home, I had a clear view and no one was with me, just shut it down and get ready for tomorrow. I’m feeling great, I wasn’t that sore after the 100-metres, I feel like I could have run 9.80 in the 100-metres final, I’m going to try and use that leftover energy into the 200-metres. Racing Bolt again will be a challenge, he’s an incredible talent, I feel like I can keep up with him better in this race (the 200m).”

Women’s pole vault qualification

Alysha Newman, 9th in Group B, 4.45m

4.30m: 0
4.45m: 0

4.55m: XXX

“It was a great experience; I can’t wait to come back in Tokyo (2020). I wanted to be top 12 and head into the final, I just fell short, I jumped well, just not well enough.”

Kelsie Ahbe, 5th in Group A, 4.55m PB
4.30m: 0
4.45m: 0
4.55m: 0 PB

“I feel like I executed very well, I was maintaining focus on the things I needed to do to be successful. My goal for the final is that I want to continue maintaining focus on my two cues, and executing properly.”

Anicka Newell, 14th in Group B, 4.15m
4.15m: 0
4.30m: XXX

“I’m bummed with my performance, I wasn’t consistent and that really showed today. I just need to keep training for what comes next. My goal is to be in Tokyo and perform better. This is such a good experience, it’s my first really big competition.”

 

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