Carline Muir set a new personal best in the 400m and, according to IAAF web editor Jon Mulkeen, the time was also the fastest run by a Canadian woman in 16 years. Muir, 28, ran 51.05 in Madrid at the IAAF World Challenge for the win and improved her PB, set eight years ago, by 0.5 seconds.
— Jon Mulkeen (@Statman_Jon) June 23, 2016
The Toronto resident who previously trained in Edmonton is the fastest Canadian ahead of the Rio Olympics and is looking to be in top form for the August Games. The Canadian track and field championships serve as the Olympic Trials in Edmonton July 7-10.
Almost 8 to the day since my last PB in 2008 Beijing..too many people to thank for last 2 years help getting me here pic.twitter.com/FEXUyHpfpP
— Carline Muir (@carline_muir) June 23, 2016
Appropriately, her previous best in the 400m was from the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Since then, she won a pair of medals at the world university championships and won bronze in the women’s 4x400m relay at the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
In Madrid, Muir won by half-a-second over the second place finisher in heat two. Canada has five athletes under the Olympic standard of 52.20, one of the country’s deepest running events.
Currently, the Canadian record stands at 49.91 and is co-held by Marita Payne (Wiggins) and Jillian Richardson.