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Canadian highlights from day seven include Nate Brannen of Cambridge, Ont., qualifying for the 1500-metres final and Angela Whyte of Edmonton, Alta., and Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., advancing to the semi-finals of the 100-metre hurdles.
Nate Brannen placed seventh in a seasonal best of 3:36.59 in the second semi-final of the 1500-metres to advance to Sunday’s final. “I felt really good until like the last 50-metres. With 400-metres to go I thought I could blast in but I got stuck out between lanes two and three. Going down the homestretch I knew I was top seven so I just cruised it in. Hopefully I saved enough for the final.”
Angela Whyte and Jessica Zelinka both qualified for tomorrow’s semi-finals in the 100-metre hurdles. Whyte won heat one in a time of 12.93 seconds to auto-qualify, “Super relieved that it’s over. I couldn’t sleep last night. I always take this round by round, got through to the next one so I’m happy. It’s going to be really tough in the semis; I will do the best I can. I don’t care about the time in the semis, just want to place well and get through to the final.”
Zelinka also auto-qualified by placing fourth in heat three in 13.15 seconds, “It’s been awhile since I raced, I felt like I was in slow motion, just jogging through. It was good to get that in and get it out of the way. Going to put it all out there tomorrow. I’ve been training on my own a lot this year; it’s like I forgot what it was like to race. I’m glad it’s out of the way.”
The women’s 4×400-metres finished fifth in heat 3 in a seasonal best of 3:31.09, they did not qualify for the final. Lead-off Alicia Brown of Ottawa, Ont. “Much happier with my performance today then my individual 400-metres.” Brown handed the baton to Sarah Wells of Unionville, Ont. “The four of us have never run together, we wanted to go out there, do our best and show that Canada belongs. We ran a seasonal best, we’re proud of that, but there’s definitely room to improve.” Wells handed off to Noelle Montcalm of Windsor, Ont. “I felt pretty good, didn’t want to go out too hard. Running the 400-metre hurdles is definitely a different rhythm than this. I wanted to maintain my position or gain on the girls ahead of me.” Montcalm handed the baton to anchor Jenna Martin of Bridgewater, N.S. “I got a little excited and tried to catch the girls in front of me right away. I tried my best, that’s all I can ask for and it was fun running with these ladies.”
Tremaine Harris of Markham, Ont., placed fifth in heat two of the first round of the men’s 200-metres in a time of 20.68 seconds. “The plan was to run as hard as I can to make the semi-final. I competed to the best of my ability, hopefully I can get into the semi-final on time and prove that I can run a lot faster then that.” Harris did not qualify on time. “It sucks to run the way I did after training so hard the whole year.”
Krista Woodward of Vancouver, B.C., finished eight in Group A of the women’s javelin qualifying with a best toss of 58.86-metres. She did not qualify for the final. “I felt pretty good, hit my first throw well. I knew though that it wouldn’t be enough to get me into the final, I had to really go for it on the next two throws and kind of overthrew them. I needed 60-metres and I didn’t get it.”