Barber, Livingstone and LeBlanc strong at WPA U20 Championships amidst rain and wind

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Day 2 of the WPA U20 Championships was filled with rain and wind, but it didn’t stop the three Canadian athletes in action from getting onto the runway.

On the track, Michael Barber got his Championships started in the men’s T20 400-metre race, crossing the finish line with a time of 53.57 seconds for a third-place finish.

Although not competing in ideal weather conditions, Barber will take what he learned from today’s race into Sunday, where he will look to defend his title in the 1,500-metre final from the 2017 WPA U20 Championships.

“My 400-metre race this morning was really good,” said Barber. “I was a little bit disappointed in the time, but that didn’t matter too much to me. All I cared about was coming fourth in the world.”

After getting a strong start on Day 1, Jacob LeBlanc was back at it today in the men’s T20 400-metres where he claimed fourth place in a time of 3:59.30.

On the field, Andrew Livingstone competed in the men’s F40-41 javelin final, throwing to a third-place finish with a throw of 19.72 metres.

The Canadian squad is not scheduled to compete tomorrow, but return to action on Sunday when Barber (1,500-metres), Duff (shot put), LeBlanc (800-metres) and Livingstone (shot put), look to close out this year’s WPA U20 Championships strong.

“I’m looking forward to enjoying it and have fun,” said Barber.