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Gabriela DeBues-Stafford continues her assault on the Canadian record book, by bringing down the 3000m national record to an all-time record of 8:33.92.
She ran the record at the Ocean Breeze Athletics Complex in New York at the New Balance Grand Prix.
DeBues-Stafford took down Jessica O’Connell’s record of 8:46.50. O’Connell of Calgary set the record at the Millrose Games in February 2019.
DeBues-Stafford, the native of Toronto, sat with the leaders until the final lap, the unleased a furious kick that there was no apparent response to. DeBues-Stafford trains with the Bowerman Track Club in Oregon.
Ethiopian Abebe Mekidies finished second in the time of 8:36.31. Josette Norris took third in 8:37.91.
Another Canadian had a good showing. Julie-Anne Staehli took fourth and set a new personal best in the time of 8:43.55.
DeBues-Stafford also owns the national outdoor 1500m record with her 3:56.12 performance from the 2019 Doha World Athletics Championships. She has the mile record at 4:17.87, the 5000m records at 14:44.12 and the 1500m indoors record at 4:00.80, indoors mile at 4:19.73, and the 5000m indoors record at 14:57.45 for a total of seven current records, some of them bettered multiple times by the 26-year-old.
She finished fifth at the Tokyo Olympic Games 1500m with her time of 3:58.93 and finished sixth at the Doha World Championships in 3:56.12.
Full results from the meet are here>>