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Canada’s Lindsey Butterworth takes 6th at World Indoor Championships

In a heroic final push, the Vancouver native fought her way from the back of the pack for 6th in her first World final

In the final day of action at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, it was Vancouver’s Lindsey Butterworth who was the Canadian star of the show in her first World final. In a field of very talented athletes, Butterworth fought her way from the back of the pack to finish sixth in 2:03.21. Keep reading for all the action from day three of the World Indoor Champs.

Women’s 800m

After making it into the final by only one one-hundredth of a second, Butterworth had her work cut out for her in her first World final. When there was some early-race jostling, she found herself in last place halfway through the race, but managed to work her way through the pack, passing Habitam Alemu of Ethiopia and Lorena Martin of Spain to cross the finish line in sixth in 2:03.21.

Ajee Wilson of the U.S. made an impressive late-race surge to definitively win the gold medal in 1:59.09, ahead of Ethiopia’s Freweyni Hailu in second in 2:00.54 and Kenya’s Halimah Nakaayi in third in 2:00.66.

Men’s 1,500m

In what came as a surprise to many running fans, the seemingly unbeatable Jakob Ingebrigtsen was out-kicked in the final 100m of the men’s 1,500m final by Ethiopia’s Samuel Tefera. Tefera was the indoor world record-holder until Ingebrigtsen broke his record in February, running 3:30.60 in Lievin, France. Tefera broke the tape on Sunday in 3:32.77, followed by Ingebrigtsen in 3:33.02 and Kenya’s Abel Kipsang in third in 3:33.36.

Men’s 60m hurdles

After a somewhat disappointing finish in the Tokyo OlympicsGrant Holloway of the U.S. reclaimed his spot at the top of the podium, finishing first by a long shot in 7.39. Pascal Martinot-Lagarde of France finished in second in 7.50, followed by Jarret Eaton of the U.S. in 7.53.

Women’s 4x400m

In a very tight women’s 4x400m, team Jamaica surged ahead of the pack to take the gold in 3:28.40. Behind them, it was a three-way battle for second and third, with the Netherland’s Femke Bol making a heroic final push to bring her team from fourth into second place, crossing the line in 3:28.57. Poland finished barely a step behind them to round out the podium in 3:28.59.

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