Canadian Geneviève Lalonde had her best race ever at the Rio Olympics on Saturday morning to qualify for the women’s 3,000m steeplechase finals. Lalonde, a native of Moncton, lowered her own Canadian record by two seconds running 9:30.24.

The 24-year-old held the previous Canadian mark in the women’s steeplechase of 9:32.17, set earlier this year in Oregon. The steeplechase is a long-distance race where athletes hurdle four barriers per lap and clear a water pit.

“I gave my boyfriend tickets to this [race] for his birthday, the Canadian record and advancing is bonus,” Lalonde said after the race.

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Lalonde was in the third of three heats in the preliminaries of the steeplechase. She needed to finish in the top-three or run around 9:30 to ensure her spot in the Olympic final. She came through with an absolutely clutch performance to finish fourth in her race and advance based on time. She will run in the Olympic final on Monday at 10:15 a.m. EDT.

Lalonde’s finish

Lalonde is based in Guelph, Ont. and trains with the Speed River Track Club. She spent three months in the Canadian Arctic in the latter part of 2015 as part of her masters program at the University of Guelph. Lalonde got plenty of support from her hometown community as fans gathered to watch her race in a public viewing party.

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Midway through the race, Ethiopian Etenesh Diro lost her shoe after taking a fall. She attempted to put the shoe back on but continued on in the race instead much to the crowd’s delight. She did not recover enough to initially qualify but she was awarded a spot in the finals after making an appeal.

Steeplechase fall

Two other Canadians were in the two previous heats in the preliminary round. Erin Teschuk finished 16th (heat one) in 9:53.70 and Maria Bernard finished 13th (heat two) in 9:50.17.

Results

POS RANK HEAT BIB ATHLETE COUNTRY RESULTS
1 1 1 451 Ruth JEBET BRNBRN 9:12.62 Q
2 1 2 943 Beatrice CHEPKOECH KENKEN 9:17.55 Q
3 2 2 1331 Emma COBURN USAUSA 9:18.12 Q
4 3 2 1254 Habiba GHRIBI TUNTUN 9:18.71 Q SB
5 2 1 638 Sofia ASSEFA ETHETH 9:18.75 Q
6 3 1 760 Gesa Felicitas KRAUSE GERGER 9:19.70 Q
7 4 2 826 Lalita Shivaji BABAR INDIND 9:19.76 q NR
8 4 1 1367 Colleen QUIGLEY USAUSA 9:21.82 q
9 5 2 325 Madeline HEINER HILLS AUSAUS 9:24.16 q SB
10 1 3 947 Hyvin Kiyeng JEPKEMOI KENKEN 9:24.61 Q
11 2 3 329 Genevieve LACAZE AUSAUS 9:26.25 Q
12 3 3 1342 Courtney FRERICHS USAUSA 9:27.02 Q
13 5 1 955 Lydia Chebet ROTICH KENKEN 9:30.21 q
14 4 3 481 Geneviève LALONDE CANCAN 9:30.24 q NR
15 6 2 1212 Fabienne SCHLUMPF SUISUI 9:30.54 q NR
16 6 1 1306 Mariya SHATALOVA UKRUKR 9:30.89 PB
17 7 1 1270 Peruth CHEMUTAI UGAUGA 9:31.03 PB
18 8 1 1224 Charlotta FOUGBERG SWESWE 9:31.16
19 5 3 536 Xinyan ZHANG CHNCHN 9:31.47
20 9 1 1262 Özlem KAYA TURTUR 9:32.03 SB
21 6 3 602 Anna Emilie MØLLER DENDEN 9:32.68 NR
22 10 1 394 Sviatlana KUDZELICH BLRBLR 9:32.93 SB
23 11 1 998 Fadwa SIDI MADANE MARMAR 9:32.94 SB
24 7 3 646 Etenesh DIRO ETHETH 9:34.70 q
25 7 2 640 Hiwot AYALEW ETHETH 9:35.09
26 8 2 1107 Matylda KOWAL POLPOL 9:35.13 PB
27 9 2 759 Sanaa KOUBAA GERGER 9:35.15 PB
28 8 3 897 Aisha PRAUGHT JAMJAM 9:35.79 q
29 10 2 333 Victoria MITCHELL AUSAUS 9:39.40 SB
30 9 3 837 Sudha SINGH INDIND 9:43.29
31 12 1 627 Diana MARTÍN ESPESP 9:44.07
32 10 3 995 Salima ELOUALI ALAMI MARMAR 9:44.83
33 13 1 1071 Ingeborg LØVNES NORNOR 9:44.85
34 14 1 846 Kerry O’FLAHERTY IRLIRL 9:45.35 SB
35 11 3 991 Eliane SAHOLINIRINA MADMAD 9:45.92
36 15 1 423 Juliana Paula DOS SANTOS BRABRA 9:45.95
37 12 3 848 Sara Louise TREACY IRLIRL 9:46.24 q
38 13 3 1151 Ancuta BOBOCEL ROUROU 9:46.28
39 11 2 842 Michelle FINN IRLIRL 9:49.45
40 12 2 449 Tigest GETENT BRNBRN 9:49.92
41 14 3 1260 Tugba GÜVENC TURTUR 9:49.93 SB
42 13 2 466 Maria BERNARD CANCAN 9:50.17
43 14 2 1255 Meryem AKDAG TURTUR 9:50.28
44 15 3 773 Maya REHBERG GERGER 9:51.73
45 16 3 307 Belén CASETTA ARGARG 9:51.85
46 16 1 496 Erin TESCHUK CANCAN 9:53.70
47 15 2 655 Sandra ERIKSSON FINFIN 9:56.77
48 16 2 301 Luiza GEGA ALBALB 9:58.49
49 17 1 921 Anju TAKAMIZAWA JPNJPN 9:58.59
50 17 2 399 Anastasiya PUZAKOVA BLRBLR 10:14.08
51 17 3 727 Lennie WAITE GBRGBR 10:14.18
52 18 2 303 Amina BETTICHE ALGALG 10:26.91

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