Gabriela DeBues-Stafford wins her fourth straight national 1,500m title

After opening up a huge gap between herself and second-place Jenna Westaway in the final metres, Debues-Stafford impresses the crowd further with her fluent French

July 28th, 2019 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Gabriela Debues-Stafford, who set a new Canadian record over 1,500m at the London Diamond League earlier this month (her fifth national record this year), dominated her fourth straight national 1,500m championship in Montreal with a massive kick this afternoon, and followed it up with a trackside interview in both official languages.

Debues-Stafford’s winning time was 4:09.09. Jenna Westaway, Canadian indoor 800m champion and 1K Canadian record-holder, who had already competed in the 800m heats and finals this weekend, finished second in 4:12.54. Mariah Kelly of Athletics Niagara was third in 4:12.68.

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Debues-Stafford and her younger sister, Lucia Stafford, went to the front early in the race, going through the first lap in a fairly quick 65 seconds. Steeplechase champion Gen Lalonde was also in the mix, with Westaway moving up to join the leaders. Debues-Stafford started to pull away just before the bell after a much slower 70-second lap two, pouring on a huge kick in the final straight.

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Aaron Brown, after winning the 100m title on Friday evening, followed it up with his second consecutive national championship in the 200m this morning. Brown ran 20.03s, with meet record-holder Brendan Rodney finishing a very close second in 20.50 and Jerome Blake of Coquitlam, BC third in 20.57. (Canadian record-holder Andre De Grasse did not race.) Brown has now qualified for world championships in both distances.

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