Sage Watson cruised to a second-place finish in the first heat of the women’s 400m hurdles semi-final in Doha today, easily qualifying for Friday’s final while setting a personal best 54.32 and taking seven hundredths of a second off Rosey Edeh’s Canadian record of 54.39, which had stood since 1996. World record-holder Delilah Muhammad won the heat in 53.91. The first two finishers in each of three heats advanced automatically for the final, along with the next two fastest finishers.
Watson has had an excellent season, winning gold at the Pan Am Games in August as well as the Diamond League final in Brussels in early September.
Sydney McLaughlin was first in heat three, one-tenth of a second faster than Muhammad, in 53.81.
In other events today, the decathletes are in the midst of their fourth event (the high jump), having completed the 100m, the long jump, and the shot put. After the shot put, France’s Kevin Mayer was in first position, with 2,827 points, Damian Warner in second with 2,788, Linden Victor of Grenada was third with 2,741 and Canada’s Pierce LePage fourth with 2,695.
Canada is standing at four medals so far in Doha: bronze and silver for Andre De Grasse in the 100m and 200m, bronze for Evan Dunfee in the 50k race walk, and bronze for Moh Ahmed in the 5,000m.