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Canadian sprinter Christopher Morales Williams broke the Canadian 400-metre record at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Championships on Saturday.

The 19-year-old Vaughan, Ont., native ran a world-leading time of 44.05 seconds for the win.

The University of Georgia sophomore broke the previous national record that was held by Tyler Christopher at 44.44 from 2005 at the Olympiastadion in Helsinki, Finland.

Finishing in second place was Alabama’s Samuel Ogazi in 44.58 and taking third was Khaleb McRae clocking 44.68.

For Ogazi, the run is the 17-year-old Nigerian’s new personal best as it was for the 23-year-old American McRae. The event took place at the Percy Beard Track in Gainesville, FL.

The Paris Olympic standard is 45.00. Forty-eight male and 48 female athletes will be accepted to compete in the event during the Paris Olympic Games this summer.

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