World Championships come to an end
DAEGU - The 13th edition of the IAAF World Championships came to a close today in Daegu, South Korea. Of the 202 countries that took part in the largest international athletics competition, next to the Olympic Games, Canada finished in 21st.
Sherbrooke, Que.’s Diane Roy raced to a gold medal yesterday in the T54 800-metres. Diane crossed the line in 1:50.91 for her first gold medal at an IAAF World Championship.
Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops, B.C., won Canada’s first ever medal across all throwing events at a World Championship. Armstrong threw the shot put 21.64 metres to secure the silver medal.
In the women’s heptathlon Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., finished with an all time best placing for a Canadian in this event at worlds; Zelinka registered a ninth place finish with 6268 points. Ruky Abdulai of Coquitlam B.C., competed in her first heptathlon at a world championship and finished 13th with a personal best of 6212 points.
The women’s 100-metres hurdles saw two first time Canadian competitors at a world championship make the finals. Nikkita Holder of Pickering, Ont., finished in 6th overall registering two personal bests in the heats (12.90) and semi finals (12.84). Markham’s, Ont., Phylicia George finished in 7th overall; George also registered a personal best of 12.73 in the semi finals.
Thirteen athletes on the Canadian team made debut appearances at the IAAF World Championships. Among them were 2 finalists: Phylicia George and Nikkita Holder over the 100-metre hurdles, and 2 semi finalists: Geoff Martinson in the 1500-metres and Justyn Warner in the 100-metres. Eric Gauthier also competed in the T53 400-metres straight final.
4x100m Results from today
The 4x100-metre relay team of Sam Effah of Calgary, Alta., Gavin Smellie of Etobicoke, Ont., Jared Connaughton of New Haven, P.E.I., and Justyn Warner of Markham, Ont., finished sixth in the semi finals clocking 39.38 seconds and did not advance to the final.