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The Ontario Grade 9 1,500m champion has the fastest name in athletics

Not only is his name fast, he's the quickest 1,500m runner among Grade 9 students in Ontario

Joe Fast

He’s not your average Joe…Fast.

The newly-crowned midget boys 1,500m champion at the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Associations (OFSAA) has perhaps the most-fitting name in athletics. Joe Fast, who attends Ridgemont High School in Ottawa, won the 1,500m for Grade 9 boys at the Belleville, Ont. championships on Friday.

Fast won the Ontario high school championships in 4:07.16. As a Grade 9 student, this is his first OFSAA Track and Field Championships. He won the OFSAA Cross-Country Championships last November and couples the fall-spring double.

“It feels great,” he says of the victory. “I’ve been looking forward to this for so long and it was amazing coming out with the gold.”

Joe Fast
Photo: Adam Wojtkowiak.

Fast won by a little more than a second on Friday defeating Dakota Goguen for the victory. He was spiked multiple times, apparent by the cuts on his legs, and still had marks from cupping, a form of therapy which was much-talked about during the 2016 Olympics.

Joe Fast
Photo: Adam Wojtkowiak.

Tune in for more coverage as Canadian Running is on-site for the OFSAA Track Championships.

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