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Canada’s record holder in the 3,000m steeplechase is going to be running the finals on Wednesday morning in Rio.

Hughes, with a PB of 8:11.64, was the fastest Canadian heading into the race. That mark is also the Canadian record.


Hughes was placed in the first heat and ran a strong race sticking with the front pack. On the bell lap, he moved up to temporarily take the lead, staying in front of the pack momentarily before sliding back. When they neared the last bend, he had slid back to fourth place, where he stayed. He finished fourth in his heat. The top three advanced automatically, so Hughes had to wait nervously to see if his 8:26.27 was good enough to move on. The automatic qualifiers in his heat were the American Hillary Bor, Soufiane Elbakkali or Morocco and Kenya’s Ezekiel Kemboi, the reigning Olympic champ.

There were two other Canadians in the event: Guelph, Ont.’s Taylor Milne and Chris Winter of Vancouver. Winter ran in a strong second heat with American Evan Jager, who is a medal hopeful for the event. Winter hung in in the middle of the pack for the majority of the race. By the bell lap, it did not look hopeful for him to move on. He finished 10th in the heat with Evan Jager of the U.S., Kipruto of Kenya and Mekhissi of France automatically qualifying.

Milne ran the third heat, which was won by Kenya’s Conseslus Kipruto, a medal favourite. The Canadian won’t be advancing, finishing towards the back of the pack in 8:34 of the fastest heat, with a 8:21 winning time.

The finals are set to go ahead on Aug. 17 at 10:50 a.m.

Official Results

HEAT 1

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 3052 Hillary BOR USAUSA 8:25.01 Q
2 2740 Soufiane ELBAKKALI MARMAR 8:25.17 Q
3 2678 Ezekiel KEMBOI KENKEN 8:25.51 Q
4 2200 Matthew HUGHES CANCAN 8:26.27 q
5 2364 Sebastián MARTOS ESPESP 8:28.44
6 3016 Benjamin KIPLAGAT UGAUGA 8:30.76
7 2995 Halil AKKAS TURTUR 8:33.12 SB
8 2389 Hailemariyam AMARE ETHETH 8:35.01
9 2167 Nelson Kipkosgei CHERUTICH BRNBRN 8:35.87
10 2599 Yuri FLORIANI ITAITA 8:40.80
11 2658 Kazuya SHIOJIRI JPNJPN 8:40.98
12 2467 Rob MULLETT GBRGBR 8:48.19
13 2092 Jeroen D’HOEDT BELBEL 8:48.29
14 2183 Mitko TSENOV BULBUL 8:54.79
2010 Ali MESSAOUDI ALGALG DQ R 163.3b

HEAT 2

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 3076 Evan JAGER USAUSA 8:25.86 Q
2 2683 Brimin Kiprop KIPRUTO KENKEN 8:26.25 Q
3 2430 Mahiedine MEKHISSI FRAFRA 8:26.32 Q
4 2340 Yemane HAILESELASSIE ERIERI 8:26.72 q
5 2743 Hamid EZZINE MARMAR 8:27.69 q
6 2172 John Kibet KOECH BRNBRN 8:28.81
7 2391 Chala BEYO ETHETH 8:32.06
8 3005 Aras KAYA TURTUR 8:32.35
9 3120 José PEÑA VENVEN 8:32.38
10 2211 Chris WINTER CANCAN 8:33.95
11 2013 Bilal TABTI ALGALG 8:38.87
12 2594 Abdoullah BAMOUSSA ITAITA 8:42.81
13 2379 Kaur KIVISTIK ESTEST 8:44.25
14 2946 Abdalla TARGAN SUDSUD 8:52.20
15 2366 Abdelaziz MERZOUGUI ESPESP 9:03.40

HEAT 3

POS BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY MARK
1 2684 Conseslus KIPRUTO KENKEN 8:21.40 Q
2 3014 Jacob ARAPTANY UGAUGA 8:21.53 Q SB
3 3055 Donald CABRAL USAUSA 8:21.96 Q
4 2990 Amor BEN YAHIA TUNTUN 8:23.12 q
5 2425 Yoann KOWAL FRAFRA 8:23.49 q
6 2130 Altobeli DA SILVA BRABRA 8:26.59 q PB
7 2748 Hicham SIGUENI MARMAR 8:27.82
8 2003 Hicham BOUCHICHA ALGALG 8:33.61
9 2205 Taylor MILNE CANCAN 8:34.38
10 2859 Krystian ZALEWSKI POLPOL 8:34.52
11 2312 Ole HESSELBJERG DENDEN 8:40.08
12 2315 Mohamed ISMAIL IBRAHIM DJIDJI 8:53.10
13 2350 Fernando CARRO ESPESP 8:53.17
2399 Tafese SEBOKA ETHETH DQ R 163.3b
2994 Tarik Langat AKDAG TURTUR DNF

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