Justyn Knight has claimed his first senior national Canadian record. Knight won the 1,500m at Friday’s Boston University Last Chance Invitational in 3:36.13, breaking the pervious record by nearly three seconds. Doug Consiglio’s 3:38.73 was one of the oldest in the Canadian books.
NEW CANADIAN RECORD 🚨
🇨🇦 @justyn_knight keeps the wins coming, this time with a Canadian record! Leaves Boston with a 1500m finish of 3:36.13, smashing Doug Consiglio’s previous time of 3:38.73 from 1986 👏 https://t.co/w1O56DmCv3
— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) February 29, 2020
Knight’s coming off a strong 2019 season, where he nearly matched his 2017 World Championship performance (ninth), finishing 10th in the 2019 World Championship 5,000m final. Friday’s result was impressive, and shows that Knight’s clearly on the right track as we move further into the Olympic year.
In the women’s 800m, Melissa Bishop and Maite Bouchard ran identical times, 2:00.93, to finish just one second off Olympic standard, tying for the win. That race closed out what can certainly be called a breakout season for Bouchard, and a big step in the right direction for Bishop, our national 800m record-holder.
In the men’s 5,000m, Matt Hughes locked down Olympic standard by one tenth of a second. Hughes finished sixth in 13:13.38 (standard is 13:13.50). This was Hughes’ season opener and first race since 2019.
The Boston University meet concluded most professional runners’ indoor seasons, but the collegiate season is still underway. Both the U Sports (March 7-9) and NCAA (March 12-14) championships will run in the coming days.
Full results from Boston can be found here.