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Genevieve Lalonde breaks Canadian record to advance to 3000m hurdles final

Genevieve Lalonde breaks Canadian record to advance to 3000m hurdles final

The 29-year-old New Brunswicker got off to a good start and found herself in the middle of the group after 1,000 metres. She then made a step by bypassing Kenya’s Purity Kirui to find herself behind the leading trio, without being able to catch up.

She continued her efforts to the finish line, stopping the stopwatch at 9:22:64, a time that allowed her to lower the old Canadian mark by about 5 seconds.

I did my best and finished well short of the national record! I knew there was something special about these Olympics and I was really prepared. I gave everything and I am very satisfied with the work doneShe said, still gasping for breath as she left the track.

The top three in each wave as well as the fastest six times automatically earned a pass to the final.

Fourth in his group, Lalonde had to wait until the end of the other two waves before confirming his place in the final. Eighth place in the cumulative rating of the session allowed him to reach the next stage.

I wanted a Canadian record! For me, this proves that things are going well. This means that the training was good. Despite injuries and despite the pandemic, I am honored to represent my country. I am really lucky and dedicate this to my loved ones. I am really happy with my race.

Quote from:Genevieve Lalonde

Reagan Yee and Alicia Butterworth also compete in the event, unable to imitate their compatriot.

Yee of Vancouver finished eighth in her race at 9:41.14 and is 29th overall.

For his part, Butterworth fell mid-course and finished 10th in his wave. His time of 9:34:25 made him 23rd.

The women’s 3000m hurdles final will be presented on Wednesday. Genevieve Lalonde will then be able to improve on her 16th place finish in Rio.

Camryn Rogers in the final hammer throw

The playoffs were also contested in the women’s side hammer throw Sunday morning.

British-Colombian Camryn Rogers reached the final with second place in Group B. Her best throw, which crossed 73.97 metres, put her fourth overall.

It’s a very special moment for me! This is my first Olympics and I couldn’t be more proud to be here and represent Canada with the best in the world. Allows me to raise my levelThe 22-year-old said with a smile on his face.

A woman holding a hammer at arm's length.

Canada’s Camryn Rogers competes in her first Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Photo: Getty Images/Cameron Spencer

I was a little nervous, but my goal was to qualify on my first court and prepare for the final. I managed to achieve this goal and am very happy with the result. I will maintain the same approach in the final.

Quote from:Camryn Rogers

Ontarian Gillian Weir, for her part, reached 68.68 meters on her third and final attempt in her group.

However, that mark wasn’t enough to slip among the top 12 of the day that reached the final on Tuesday. Thus, Ware finished his Olympics in 19th place.

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Similar scenario to Cristal Nettie who was not able to continue her long jump journey.

British Columbia’s Surrey finished 12th in her group with a 6.29m jump. The person who finished 20th in Rio finished 22nd this time.

The second track and field session will be held at 6 a.m. (EST) on Sunday.