Athletics Canada

A week of great performances at the World Athletics U20 Championships came to an end in bronze-medal style Sunday in Nairobi.

Savannah Sutherland won bronze in the women’s 400-metre hurdles, in a personal best time of 57.27 seconds. “My legs felt a little heavy going into it, but I went out there and left it all on the track and that’s all I can ask for. I had a personal best, so I’m happy with that,” said Sutherland. “It has been a little overwhelming being at my first international competition. It has been a little bit of a crazy experience, but it has been very positive overall.

Abdullahi Hassan got out fast in the men’s 800-metre final, but he would settle for seventh place, stopping the clock at 1:50.07. “I did what I had to do to try to get a medal with the Kenyans. It didn’t work out and I blew up a little bit, but it is what it is,” said Hassan. “I love this place. The venue is amazing. Everyone here has been so hospitable and nice. It has just been great.”

NAIROBI, KENYA – AUGUST 22: Savannah Sutherland of Canada in the final of the women’s 400m hurdles during Day 5 of the World Athletics U20 Athletics Championships at the Kasarani International Stadium on August 22, 2021 Nairobi, Kenya. (Photo by Roger Sedres for World Athletics)

In the final event of the Championships for Team Canada, Dylan Uhrich took 12th place in the men’s 3,000-metre steeplechase in a time of 9:11.33. “I’m so happy with it. I didn’t have a specific place goal. I just wanted to go out there and fight as hard as I could in a World Championship final and have no regrets and that’s what I did,” said Uhrich. “I finished 12th and I’m super happy about that. I’m super happy with my time. At 6,000 feet, I didn’t expect to run that fast up here.”

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