These last ten days have been such an exciting time. Canada is bringing home five medals, four of which were awarded to Ontario athletes, as well as two new Canadian records. There were new season bests, personal bests, and 13 top ten finishes. Canada finished with a 9th place ranking, out of 219 countries.
Andre De Grasse came out strong, making it very clear to the world that he is back and better than ever. Coming home with both a silver and a bronze medal, he also ran a new personal best time of 9.90 seconds in his 100m final. His sub-20 second 200m final time of 19.95 seconds was good enough for the silver. He was the only athlete to medal in both of these events at the 2019 Championships.
Also on the track, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford, who’s already broken the Canadian record in this event three times this year, came out strong in the Women’s 1,500m qualifier and semi-finals, but nothing will be as exciting as the final. She had a fantastic race, being one of six women who broke the World Championship record, and her impressive time of 3:56.12 will also be the new time to beat for our country in the event. She finished 6th, but should be nothing less than thrilled with her performance.
Additionally running longer distances, Mohammed Ahmed fought hard through a physical men’s 5,000m race, deservedly coming out with the bronze medal with a time of 13:01.11. In the last day of competition, he took back to the track to race in the Men’s 10,000m Final, and came out with a new Canadian record. This new record time of 26:59.35 earned him a 6th place finish.
In the men’s Decathlon, Damian Warner and Pierce Lepage both came out extremely strong, leading the competition 1-2 after the first day. After a very tough second day, the end result was a bronze medal for Damian, with a points total of 8,529.
Our mixed 4x400m relay team, who have been on fire this year, set yet another Canadian record with a time of 3:16.76. The team is made up of Ontario athletes Madeline Price and Phillip Osei, as well as BC athlete Austin Cole and Quebec athlete Aiyanna Stiverne.
It’s safe to say that our Canadian athletes have shown us just how excited they are for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to come next year.
Following are the final results from our Ontario athletes:
Silver – Andre De Grasse, Men’s 200m, 19.95s
Bronze – Andre De Grasse, Men’s 100m, 9.90s (PB)
Bronze – Mohammed Ahmed, Men’s 5,000m, 13:01.11
Bronze – Damian Warner, Men’s Decathlon, 8,529 points
5th Place – Alysha Newman, Women’s Pole Vault, 4.80m
6th Place – Aaron Brown, Men’s 200m, 20.10s
6th Place – Gabriela Stafford-DeBues, Women’s 1,500m, 3:56.12 (New Canadian Record)
6th Place – Mohammed Ahmed, Men’s 10,000m, 26:59.35 (New Canadian Record)
8th Place – Brittany Crew, Women’s Shot Put, 18.55m
8th Place – Aaron Brown, Men’s 100m, 10.08s
9th Place – Lyndsay Tessier, Women’s Marathon, 2:42.03 (SB)
9th Place – Tim Nedow, Men’s Shot Put, 20.85m
10th Place – Justyn Knight, Men’s 5,000m, 13:26.63
13th Place – Andrea Seccafien, Women’s 5,000m, 14:59.95 (PB)
14th Place – Matt Hughes, Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase, 8:24.78
36th Place – John Mason, Men’s Marathon, 2:19.21
45th Place – Berhanu Degefa, Men’s Marathon, 2:22.28
Phylicia George, Women’s 100mH, 13.49s
Crystal Emmanuel, Women’s 100m Semi-Finals, 11.29s
Crystal Emmanuel, Women’s 200m Semi-Finals, 22.65s (SB)
Brandon McBride, Men’s 800m Semi-Finals, 1:46.21
Brendon Rodney, Men’s 200m Semi-Finals, 20.34s
Philip Osei, Men’s 400m Semi-Finals, 45.44s
Sarah Mitton, Women’s Shot Put, 17.24m
Men’s 4x100m Relay Team [Gavin Smellie, Aaron Brown, Brendon Rodney, Andre De Grasse], 37.91s (SB)
IAAF World Championship Results: https://www.iaaf.org/competitions/iaaf-world-championships/iaaf-world-athletics-championships-doha-2019-6033/timetable/byday