Canadian Gabriela DeBues-Stafford is not just the fastest Canadian of all time over the 1,500m, she’s one of the fastest 1,500m runners ever. If you head over to the IAAF all-time lists, you’ll find DeBues-Stafford sitting at a remarkable 21st position following her sixth-place World Championships finish and new Canadian record of 3:56.12.
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Yeah, we don't know what just happened either. So I broke the World Championship record by over 2 seconds… Unfortunately so did the 5 women in front of me. 3:56. Wot. That's a pretty good consolation prize. Lots of people to thank for this crazy year, but I'll start with these guys. Thank you Laura, Andy, and Jemma for taking a chance on me. Xo – G
The only American ahead of DeBues-Stafford on the list is Shelby Houlihan, who set the new American record of 3:54.99 in the final alongside the Canadian. DeBues Stafford has jumped roughly 270 names on the list in one year. Her personal best heading into the 2019 season was a 4:03.55 from 2017, which today would land her in 290th position all-time. The runner becomes the second-highest ranked Canadian currently on the all-time lists on the track, surpassed only by Donovan Bailey, who sits in 11th position in the men’s 100m.
But DeBues-Stafford isn’t the only Canadian climbing their way to the top of the all-time lists. Mohammed Ahmed improved on his all-time ranking on Sunday when he broke his own Canadian 10,000m record to snag sixth place. He’s now ranked 60th with a 26:59.35.
— Reid Coolsaet (@ReidCoolsaet) October 6, 2019