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Brandon McBride breaks Canadian 800m record at Monaco Diamond League

There were world records, national records and countless personal bests. Monaco 2018 was one of the fastest track meets in history

Brandon McBride of Windsor, Ont. has broken Gary Reed’s 10 year-old Canadian 800m record at the Monaco Diamond League. McBride’s new record is 1:43.20.

Reed’s record was 1:43.68 from the same meet in 2008. 

McBride is coming off of a disappointing run at the Canadian championships just under two weeks ago. The 800m runner finished second at the championship in 1:46.42. His performance Friday showed that the upset at nationals didn’t cause his confidence to waver. He ran an outstanding race to finish second in Monaco. 

McBride will represent Canada at the NACAC Championships later this summer. The championships will take place in Toronto from August 10-12th. 


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Monaco is known as one of the world’s fastest track meets and this year’s event didn’t disappoint. The meet saw six world leading times, five meet records, and countless personal bests set. 

In the women’s 3,000m steeplechase, Beatrice Chepkoech of Kenya set a new world record. Chepkoech smashed the previous world record by eight seconds, running 8:44.32 for the win. 

The steeplechase at Monaco was arguably one of the best women’s distance track races in history. Seven women ran under 9:10 and second place, Courtney Frerichs, was still the sixth fastest woman in steeplechase history. 

Frerichs also set a new American record of 9:00.85. She broke Emma Coburn’s record of 9:02.58. Coburn finished fourth in the race in 9:05.06. 

In the men’s 1,500m, 17 year-old Jakob Ingebrigtsen ran a blazing 3:31.18, which is the fifth fastest junior time in world history. Ingebrigtsen was fourth in the race behind his older brother, Filip Ingebrigtsen, who set a new Norwegian national record of 3:30.01 and finished third. 

In the men’s 200m, Canadian champion Aaron Brown was sixth in 20.17. American Noah Lyles won the event in a world leading time of 19.65 after somersaulting into the stadium. 

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Minutes later Soufiane El Bakkali of Morocco ran 7:58.15 in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase. El Bakkali’s time is world leading and a personal best. 

Canadian 3,000m steeplechase record holder Matt Hughes finished 11th in the race in 8:24.85.