Chau runs gutsy semi-final at World Junior Championships

A complete recap of day four and five action at the U20 World Junior Championships

July 14th, 2018 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , , ,

OFSAA 3,000m record holder Jocelyn Chau ran an impressive race Friday in the U20 World Junior Championship 1,500m heats. Chau took the race out fast and made the pace honest. Her decisive move at the beginning of the race allowed herself, along with seven other women from her heat, to qualify for the final. Chau finished in 4:18.29. 

The final goes Sunday at 7:15 a.m. EDT. 

In women’s 200m action, 400m finalist Ashlan Best finished second in her heat in 23.62 to qualify for the semi-final. Best’s time on Friday was a season’s best.

She ran the 200m semi-final a couple hours later and finished ninth, one position out of the final. 

Xharia Santiago finished eighth in the women’s 400m hurdles in a time of 58.49. Santiago just finished her freshman year at the University of Maryland where she earned All-Big Ten honours in her first year of competition. 

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Kamal Stewart-Baynes and Myles Misener-Daley finished sixth and seventh in the men’s 400m final. The two Canadians have run a very impressive meet, dominating the heats and semi-finals. Stewart-Baynes ran 46.79 and Misener-Daley ran 47.03. Misener-Daley, who is technically still a youth athlete, was the youngest runner in the final. 

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On Saturday, the Canadian women qualified for the 4x400m final. The women will run again Sunday at 7:58 a.m. EDT. 

In the men’s 5,000m competition, Tyler Dozzi of Victoria, B.C. finished 19th in a time of 15:31.19. 

Catch the final day of competition at the U20 World Junior Championships live at on Sunday. 

Events to watch on Sunday are:

Jocelyn Chau in the 1,500m final, she’s an exceptional racer and could come up big for Canada. Chau runs at 7:15 a.m. EDT. 

Kendra Leger will run the 100m hurdles final at 6:35 a.m. EDT.

Alex Drover, after a collision in the semi-final, will come back to run the men’s 3,000m steeplechase final. Drover runs at 6:45 a.m. EDT.