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Hurdler Sage Watson finishes sixth at Drake Relays

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Canada’s Sage Watson finished sixth in the elite women’s 400m hurdles at Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa yesterday.

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The race was won by Georganne Moline in 54.86, making her the first professional female athlete to win back-to-back titles at Drake Relays. Moline and Watson both train at the University of Arizona, under coach Fred Harvey.

Watson, who grew up in Alberta and competed at the 2016 Olympics (finishing 11th in the 400m hurdles and fourth in the 4 x 400m relay), was coming off a disappointing fifth place finish at the Commonwealth Games earlier this month.

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She has expressed an intention to break the Canadian record in the 400h event, a record held for over 20 years by Rosey Edeh, whose daughter is Watson’s friend, Olympian Micha Powell.

Watson set a new Canadian indoor record in the 300m at the Millrose Games in New York in February.