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Moscow – Angela Whyte of Edmonton, Alta., finished sixth in the final of the 100-metre hurdles today at the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championship. Other Canadian highlights from day eight of competition include Rob Watson of London, Ont., finishing 20th in the men’s marathon.
Angela Whyte, who placed sixth at the 2004 Olympic Games and eighth at the 2007 World Championships, on her performance, “I’m so happy I made the final, but now we re-evaluate and see what I need to do to really be in the medal mix. I’m just happy to be back at a world class level after knee surgery in 2008.” She adds, “I anticipated it would be loud at the start with a Russian in the race. I got out relatively well, came off hurdle one and collapsed quite a bit. It wasn’t the time I was looking for, I didn’t execute as cleanly as I wanted to, but I responded well and battled back.” Angela advanced to the final earlier in the day placing second in the first semi-final in a time of 12.76 seconds. Whyte closes with, “I love the sport, I really do, and that’s why I’m still in it.”
Rob Watson ran a smart race in the men’s marathon placing 20th in a seasonal best of 2:16:28. “I am super pumped about placing 20th, my ultimate goal coming in was a top 20 performance. I’m happy I executed the race plan; it was fun out there. It was definitely warm and wasn’t going to be a fast day. When you’re hurting and suffering but passing people it makes it that much easier, you’re suffering for a cause, not just hanging on for dear life. I was ranked 48th coming in, I just wanted to beat people in a race.”
Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., placed seventh in the second semi-final of the 100-metre hurdles in a time of 13.12 seconds, she did not qualify to the final. “I’ve been feeling really good, the race itself was good for me. I executed my game plan; I don’t know what happened at the start (reaction time: 0.285). The race itself was good though, things are coming together, the way I’ve been feeling it feels like one more race would have been perfect.” Zelinka adds, “It’s the strongest I’ve ever been, the fastest I’ve ever been, lack of coaching has played a role here. Haven’t been able to sharpen up with my hurdling, otherwise I feel great.”
Team Canada in action on Sunday August 18
The 14th edition of the IAAF World Championship in Athletics concludes tomorrow with Nate Brannen of Cambridge, Ont., in the men’s 1500-metres final and the men and women’s 4×100-metres relay teams in the semi-finals. The top two teams from each semi-final as well as the next fastest two times will advance to the relay finals that take place later the same day.
|Local time||Eastern time|
|Women’s 4x100m – Semi #2||4:23 p.m.||8:23 a.m.|
|Men’s 4x100m – Semi #3||5:06 p.m.||9:06 a.m.|
|Nate Brannen||Cambridge, ON||1500m – Final||5:25 p.m.||9:25 a.m.|
|*Women’s 4x100m – Final||6:10 p.m.||10:10 a.m.|
|*Men’s 4x100m – Final||6:40 p.m.||10:40 a.m.|
*Pending earlier qualification