Michael Sherar, 51, wins bronze for Canada in masters 800m


The IAAF World Championships opened the 800m event up to the masters category for the first time this year and Canadian athlete Michael Sherar ran an incredibly fast race taking home a bronze medal with his 2:03:61 time.

Coming into the final lap, British runner David Heath had a clear lead above the rest of the pack looking as if he could break the world record of 1:58:65. Sherar held his third place position with U.S. runner Anselm Lebourne comfortably ahead of him in second place.

Sherar held on to third for the most part of the second lap until Swedish runner Gunnar Rene Duren made his move just as they turned the last corner pulling ahead of both Lebourne and Sherar. Sherar looked as though he would finish in fourth.

It came down to a sprint finish for the three runners in the final 100m. Duren held on to second until the finish running 2:03:41. Sherar pulled ahead of Lebourne at the last moment to finish third. Lebourne ran 2:03:75 for a fourth place finish.

Sherar, who trains with the University of Toronto Track Club will be 52 this fall. Watch the full race below.

Another Canadian athlete competed in the race. Paul George Osland ran a 2:10:60 for a 10th place finish.

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