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Women's 1500m Depth Shows Up at Speed River Inferno

Posted 2 years ago by Scott Saunders

A night of excellent action and Canadian results has wrapped up at the 2016 Speed River Inferno, ushering in a calm before the Olympic Trials storm two weekends down the road.

Sasha Gollish and Regan Yee both recorded sub 4:10 runs in the women’s 1500m, a huge personal best for Yee. Canada now has seven women under the 4:10 mark this season in what has arguably become the deepest event in the country. Geneviève Lalonde also ran a new personal best of 4:11.05 to closely trail Gollish and Yee. Of non-African countries Canada only trails the USA in total number of sub 4:10 women. Moreover, to add to the intrigue and competitiveness of the upcoming national championships all of these women have set their seasonal best within the past few weeks.

If it was required to run multiple heats in one day in the endurance events, Eric Gillis might have that covered. He won his ‘semi-final’ at the Toronto Waterfront 10k before winning his ‘final’ in the 10k at the Inferno in a race that doubled as the Canadian 10k championships. Rachel Hannah took the title on the women’s side.

Kimberly Hyacinthe won the women’s 200m in 23.24 seconds in response to Crystal Emmanuel’s solid win in Halifax earlier in the week. The two women will be strongly favoured to take the two top spots in Edmonton’s trials. Taylor Milne also demonstrated his preparedness by running away from the men’s 3,000m steeplechase field to finish in a season’s best time of 8:26.97.

One other notable result was Kelsey Balkwill’s nice win in the 400m hurdles to beat out a field that included three more highly ranked Canadians in Noelle Montcalm, Taysia Radoslav and Jen Cotten. Her time of 56.81 seconds is nearly a new personal best and she will look to approach the Rio standard of 56.20 at the trials.


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Scott Saunders - @scottsaunders71

Scott is currently the Performance Pathway Manager at Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar. In this role he oversees the performance pathways for several sports including Athletics. Formerly he was the Sport Science Manager at the Canadian Athletics Coaching Centre where he worked on the development of various coach education materials and conferences. He has a B.Sc. from his hometown Thompson Rivers University in mathematics and M.Sc. from the University of Alberta in biomechanics. He has coached all ages of athletes with a particular interest and focus on the sprints.

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    Fact Check said 2 years ago

    Britain has 8 women under 4:10 this year, though 2 are Scottish, so after Thursday's vote they might consider themselves a separate country.

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    checked (not really) said 2 years ago

    Britain is not technically a country and while they do compete as a single team in track and field, they do not in other international championships (e.g. World Cup).

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    Anonymous said 2 years ago

    There is a difference between the United Kingdom, Great Britain and England, although people tend to use them interchangeably. I don't believe 'Britain' (or 'Great Britain') competes in the World Cup.

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