Gen Lalonde broke her own Canadian 3,000m steeplechase record on Saturday evening at the Shanghai Diamond League in 9:29.82. Her previous record was set at 9:29.99 at the 2017 World Championships.
The University of Guelph alumni and Speed River Track Club member raced extremely well against one of the strongest fields assembled thus far in 2019. World record holder Beatrice Chepkoech was the winner in 9:04.53, which is a meet record and the world leading time.
Lalonde is coming off of a great winter season, where she finished in the top 20 at the world cross-country championships in Aarhus, Denmark. Lalonde was the first North American woman across the line ahead of huge track and field names like World Championship silver medallist and American steeplechase record-holder Courtney Frerichs. Lalonde was the highest Canadian female finisher at a World Cross-Country event since 2004.
Canadians Aaron Brown and Andre De Grasse finished one-two in the men’s 200m in Shanghai. Brown won in 20.07 and De Grasse was second in 20.21. Both Canadians are coming off of the world relays one week ago in Yokohama, Japan.