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Gabriela DeBues-Stafford, Canada’s all-time fastest middle-distance runner and a threat for a World Championships medal is unfortunately sidelined with a stress fracture.

The seven-time national record holder and Tokyo Olympian, who recently moved to Victoria, BC, shared on Instagram her disappointment with being diagnosed with a stress fracture to her sacrum.

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.