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Silver medal for Canada’s Nina Schultz in women’s heptathlon at Commonwealth Games

19-year-old the youngest Canadian competing on Gold Coast, while Hughes misses podium in steeplechase

Canadian Nina Schultz takes home a silver medal in the women’s heptathlon after today’s 800m final at Carrara Stadium in Australia. Schultz scored a total of 6,133 points (a PB for her), with England’s Katarina Johnson-Thompson taking gold (6,255 points) and her compatriot, 18-year-old Niamh Emerson took the bronze with 6,043 points. At 19, Schultz is the youngest competitor on the Canadian team at this year’s games.

A sophomore at Kansas State University, Schultz was second in her heat in the 800m, posting a PB with a time of 2:17.40, which earn ed her 859 points.

In other Games news, Canada’s Matthew Hughes narrowly missed the podium in the men’s 3,000m steeplechase as Kenya swept the medals. Hughes posted a season’s best with 8:12.33, just nine hundredths of a second behind third-place finisher Amos Kirui, and diving desperately across the finish line in a futile attempt to take third place. Conseslus Kipruto was the gold medal winner (8:10.08, a games record), and Abraham Kibiwott won silver (8:10.62).

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The 28-year-old Hughes, from Oshawa, Ont., broke the Canadian record in the event with a time of 8:11.64 (a record that had held since 1985) at the I.A.A.F. World Championships in 2013. He placed 10th at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, Canada’s best ever result.