Nozomi Tanaka ran away from the field in the women’s 3,000m at the IAAF World Junior Championships. Tanka began the race with an enormous lead that she maintained to take the win in 8:54.01. Leading wire to wire is one of the most challenging ways to run a race, but Tanka is clearly an exceptionally strong runner and was able to pull off the win.

Cameron Ormond and Taryn O’Neill also competed in the women’s 3,000m final Wednesday morning. O’Neill was ninth in a personal best of 9:15.03 and Ormond was 15th in 9:27.51. 

The IAAF World Junior Championships are off to a strong start for Canadian athletes. In day two action, six Canadian athletes have qualified for the next round of competition. 

In the men’s 400m, Khamal Stewart-Baynes and Myles Misener-Daley both easily won their heats. The Canadian sprinting standouts will run the semi-final Thursday at 12:40 p.m. EDT. Misener-Daley broke Stewart-Baynes’s Canadian U18 record this year in the 400m at OFSAA.

Anastas Eliopoulos ran the 110m hurdles twice on Wednesday. Eliopoulos survived the heats and semi-finals to qualify for the finals tomorrow at 2:02 p.m. EDT. 

Xahria Santiago has advanced in the 400m hurdles with a time of 58.09. Her semi-final is Thursday at 11:50 a.m. In the women’s 100m, Deondra Green advanced on time to the semi-final. She runs again Thursday at 11:00 a.m. EDT. 

Ashlan Best has qualified for the women’s 400m final on Thursday at 1:10 p.m. EDT in a personal best of 53.42. Best just finished her freshman year at Standford University. She is from Guelph, Ont. 

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Other events to watch in Thursday’s programme are the men’s 3,000m steeplechase at 3:00 a.m. EDT. Alex Drover and Marcel Scheele will vie for a position in the final. 

RELATED: Get to know 2017 OFSAA Champion Marcel Sheele

Nathaniel St. Romain will run the 400m hurdles heats at 3:35 a.m. EDT. Catch Thursday’s action at

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