Crystal Emmanuel runs 22.50 for 200m, takes down 34-year-old Canadian record

Fresh off her double gold medal performance at Nationals and just hours after being named to the Worlds team, the 25-year-old Canadian sprinter took down a 34-year-old record

Crystal Emmanuel
Crystal Emmanuel competes at the 2017 Canadian track and field championships in Ottawa. Photo: Michael Doyle.

Just hours after the announcement of the team that will represent Canada at the 2017 IAAF World Championships next month in London, one athlete is already leaving her mark on the record books.

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Crystal Emmanuel of East York, Ont. was named to the team and will compete in the 100m and 200m races in London. Yesterday at the Cork City Sports meet in Ireland, she broke a 34-year old Canadian Record by running 22.50 for 200m. This betters the previous record of 22.62 set by Marita Payne-Wiggins back in 1983.

Emmanuel is fresh off winning double gold medals at the Canadian track and field championships in Ottawa where she won both the 100 and 200m.

In other action at the same meet, Sheila Reid of Newmarket, Ont. and Rachel Cliff of Vancouver impressed in the 3,000m race finishing first and fourth, respectively. It was also a personal best for Cliff. Reid will run the 1,500m at Worlds while Cliff will compete in the 5,000m.