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.
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.