Make it five Canadian records for runner Gabriela DeBues-Stafford in 2019.
WATCH: Gabriela DeBues-Stafford earns 5th Canadian record of 2019:
DeBues-Stafford stopped the clock in 4:00.26 to finish third of 14 finishers at London Stadium, lowering her previous season-best of 4:00.46 from the June 16 Diamond League competition in Rabat, Morocco. Kanuka’s Canadian record had stood since Aug. 14, 1985.
In January, DeBues-Stafford shattered indoor records in the 5,000 (14:57.45) and mile (4:24.80) in the span of three weeks. On May 30, the 23-year-old ran to a Canadian mark in the 5,000 (14:51.59) at her first Diamond League race of the season. Courtney Babcock set the previous record in 2003.
Since her move to Scotland earlier this year, DeBues-Stafford has shaved more than five seconds off her 2018 season-best of 4:05.83 and entered Saturday ranked sixth in the world.
‘I’m working harder than ever’
“With Andy, Laura and [2017 European junior champion] Jemma Reekie, my workouts are very intense with a lot of reps and I’m working harder than ever,” DeBues-Stafford told CBC Sports recently.
“Laura has won world championship medals indoors and there’s no substitute for being around someone like that. … If you’re training with ambitious people … you’ll push yourself harder.”
The two-day event concludes Sunday and will be live streamed at CBCSports.ca, starting at 9 a.m. ET.
Four Canadians will be competing: Christabel Nettey (women’s long jump, 9:40 a.m.), Jessica O’Connell/Andrea Seccafien (women’s 5,000, 9:56 a.m.) and Sage Watson (women’s 400 hurdles, 10:29 a.m.).
Diamond League on CBC Sports
CBC Sports is providing live streaming coverage of all 14 Diamond League meets this season at CBCSports.ca and via the CBC Sports app for iOS and Android devices. TV coverage will be featured as part of the network’s Road To The Olympic Games weekend broadcasts throughout the season.
The following is a list of upcoming Diamond League meets, all times ET:
- London, England (Sunday, 9–11 a.m.)
- Birmingham, England (Aug. 18, 9–11 a.m.)
- Paris (Aug. 24, 2–4 p.m.)
- Zurich (Aug. 29, 2–4 p.m.)
- Brussels (Sept. 7, 2–4 p.m.)