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Gabriela DeBues-Stafford sets fifth Canadian record of 2019

Gabriela DeBues-Stafford breaks the Canadian 1,500m record by 0.01 seconds

Gabriela DeBues-Stafford set her fifth Canadian record of 2019 on Saturday when she ran a 4:00.26 over 1,500m to finish third at the London Diamond League, eclipsing the previous Canadian record by 0.01 seconds.

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The previous Canadian 1,500m record was set by Lynn Kanuka in 1985 and DeBues-Stafford has been on the hunt for several months. While she still hasn’t achieved her goal of becoming the first Canadian woman to run under 4:00.00 for the 1,500m, this national record is certainly a step in the right direction.

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. Her fourth Canadian record came only one week ago in Monaco where she ran the new outdoor mile record in 4:17.87.

DeBues-Stafford is returning to Canada tomorrow to run the Canadian Championships and hopefully secure her spot on the World Championship team.