Canadian has the best reaction after running nation’s fastest time in 16 years

Carline Muir ran the fastest 400m by a Canadian woman in 16 years to improve on her eight-year-old personal best on Thursday in Madrid.

Carline Muir

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Carline Muir

Currently, the Canadian record stands at 49.91 and is co-held by Marita Payne (Wiggins) and Jillian Richardson.

That feeling when you break your PB from EIGHT years ago courtesy of ?? Carline Muir (400m, 51.05). @athleticscanada

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