In her second-ever outdoor 5,000m, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford has set her seventh national record of 2019. DeBues-Stafford finished seventh in the Diamond League 5,000m final in Brussels in a 14:44.12, taking seven seconds off of the record she set earlier this summer in Stockholm.
Only one week ago, DeBues-Stafford made Canadian history becoming the first Canadian women to run under 4:00 over 1,500m. Her 3:59.59 1,500m in Zurich was her sixth Canadian record of the year. The runner is having one of the best track seasons we’ve ever seen from a Canadian athlete and is truly thrilling to watch heading into the World Championships in three weeks time.
— sasha gollish (@SGollishRuns) September 6, 2019
Stafford began her record board rewrite in January of this year, opening her season with a 5,000m Canadian record. She then followed that up with a new indoor mile record, and ran her first-ever outdoor 5,000m at the Stockholm Diamond League, where she set a third Canadian record which she broke today. Her fourth Canadian record came in Monaco where she ran the new outdoor mile record in 4:17.87. Following Monaco she broke Lynn Kanuka’s 1,500m record of 4:00.27 in London and then broke it again in Zurich last week.
The women’s 5,000m winner Sifan Hassan has also had an incredible season. The Nike Oregon Project athlete closed the race in a sub-60 second lap to take the crown. She is certainly the woman to watch at the World Championships and someone who appears nearly unbeatable over this distance. She took the title in 14:26.26.
Holy crap Sifan Hassan. 59.7 leader-to-leader for the last lap to win the Diamond League 5,000 title in 14:26. And Hassan was in 4th at the bell. What a close.
— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) September 6, 2019
DeBues-Stafford has currently been named to both the 5,000m and 1,500m for the Doha World Championships.
In the men’s 200m, American Noah Lyles became the first man to ever win both the Diamond League 100m and 200m final in the same season, crossing the finish line in 19.74. He cruised to victory ahead of Andre De Grasse who finished third in a season’s best of 19.87 and Aaron Brown who was fourth in 20.00. Both Canadians looked very strong in the final and Canada was the only country with two athletes represented in the race.
In the women’s 400mH, Sage Watson took the win in dominant fashion. Watson was over one second ahead of second place in a 55.58.