Sage Watson and Canadian women’s relay team smash meet record at Canada-China Sprint Challenge

Brown, De Grasse and Emmanuel also medal in sprints at Burnaby's Swangard Stadium as competition heats up for second and final day of competition

June 27th, 2018 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Sage Watson takes the baton from Travia Jones. Photo: Maxine Gravina

Canada’s women’s 4x400m relay team tore more than four seconds off the meet record with a time of 3:32.08 last night at the China Canada Team Sprint Challenge, part of the Harry Jerome International Classic meet at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, B.C.

The team, comprised of Madeline Price, Aiyanna Stiverne, Travia Jones and anchored by Olympian Sage Watson, finished 90m ahead of the Chinese team.

Photo: Sage Watson anchoring the women’s 4x400m relay at 2018 Canada v. China Sprint Challenge. Photo: Maxine Gravina

Aaron Brown was first (10.21 seconds) and Andre De Grasse third (10.36) in the 100m sprint. Chinese athlete Xu Zhouzheng was second, in 10.33. In a very close women’s 100m race, Crystal Emmanuel of Canada won gold, with a time of 11.43 seconds. China’s Xiaojing Liang was second (11.46) and Qiqi Yuan third (11.54).

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In other events, Jonathan Cabral was first (13.58 seconds), Olympic decathlon bronze-medallist Damian Warner second (13.64) and Anastas Elipolulos third (13.73) in the men’s open international 110m hurdles. All are from Canada.

Canada goes into the final day of the meet with 70 points to China’s 50. The final events are the 4x100m relays and the 400m. Both De Grasse and Brown are expected to start in the men’s relay tonight.

The open events continue also, with Lindsey Butterworth, Natasha Wodak, Corey Bellemore and many others racing in a variety of track events.