Sydney McLaughlin to make Diamond League debut

Shanghai is hosting Andre De Grasse, Aaron Brown, Gen Lalonde and Sydney McLaughlin

May 14th, 2019 by | Posted in Runs & Races | Tags: , , , ,

American Sydney McLaughlin is running her Diamond League debut this Saturday in Shanghai. The 19-year-old runner is racing the 400m against a very strong field including Olympic silver medallist and former world champion Stephenie Ann McPherson, and world championship silver medallist Salwa Eid Naser.

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In the men’s 200m, Aaron Brown and Andre De Grasse are going head-to-head. De Grasse is the Canadian record-holder and 2017 Canadian champion, and Brown is the defending Canadian champion over the distance.

The women’s steeplechase is also a packed race. Canadian 3,000m steeplechase record-holder Gen Lalonde is in the field and running against some of the best in the world. Lalonde is opening her 2019 outdoor season in Shanghai, coming off of a long stint at altitude. She’ll line up against world record-holder Beatrice Chepkoech, Commonwealth Games silver medallist Celliphine Chepteek Chespol and 2018 NACAC champion Mel Lawrence.

Lalonde is coming off an extremely impressive cross-country season. She finished 20th at the World Cross-Country Championships in Denmark, and was the first North American woman across the line ahead of huge track and field names like World Championship silver medallist and American steeplechase record-holder Courtney Frerichs. Lalonde was the highest Canadian female finisher at a World Cross-Country event since 2004.

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Meet schedule 

Women’s 400m – 7:36 a.m. ET
Men’s 200m – 7:45 a.m. ET
Women’s steeplechase – 8:34 a.m. ET

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CBC is live-streaming all Diamond League meets for 2019 on their website.