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All eyes will be on Gabriela DeBues-Stafford as she toes the start line for a world-class 3000m race in Belgrade. She holds seven national records, a few of which she has improved multiple times. One of those records is the fastest in North America, the 5000m indoors at 14:31.38. Her indoors 3000m best and national record is 8:33.92. Both were set in February this year. Can she compete with the best in the world?
The 26-year-old Nike Bowerman Track Club athlete finished fifth in the Tokyo Olympic Games last summer in the 1500m clocking a 3:58.93 performance. So, the answer is yes. No doubt the talented athlete from Toronto will improve the national record to sub-8:30.00.
Damian Warner is going to compete. He earned the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games amassing a gargantuan 9018 points in the decathlon. In 2018, the then 28-year-old picked up a silver medal in the indoor heptathlon with 6343 points, which is the national record. His best 100m is a 10.12 and he holds the national record in the long jump at 8.28m. He is a tremendous athlete across the spectrum of disciplines. Expect him to go better in Belgrade.