Brown of Canada seventh in the world 200 metres; Arop and Ahmed qualify for the final
EUGENE, Ore. — Canadian Aaron Brown says he plans to keep chasing that elusive individual medal. The 30-year-old Toronto native finished seventh in a searing 200 meters at the world athletics championships on Thursday.
EUGENE, Ore. — Canadian Aaron Brown says he plans to keep chasing that elusive individual medal.
The 30-year-old Toronto native finished seventh in a searing 200 meters at the world athletics championships on Thursday. He had finished eighth in the 100 earlier in the competition.
“Disappointed I’m injured, but that’s part of the game, isn’t it? Sometimes things don’t go to plan,” Brown said. “You just have to keep digging, keep fighting and keep going back to the drawing board, figuring out what to do to be ready for the next moment.”
The 30-year-old Toronto native ran 20.18 seconds.
American Noah Lyles ran a blistering time of 19.31 – the fastest time in the world this season – to crush a field missing Canadian Olympic champion Andre De Grasse. De Grasse, who said he still wasn’t 100% after battling COVID-19, pulled out after struggling in the 100.
Lyles, who finished second to De Grasse at the Tokyo Olympics, let out a huge roar after crossing the line, then grabbed the neck of her bodysuit with both hands and ripped it up the front.
Brown has been on the world podium multiple times with Canada’s 4×100 relay, including silver at the Tokyo Olympics last summer. And although he has appeared in numerous international finals and won a Diamond League victory this season at the British Grand Prix, his silver medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games is his only major individual result among the three. first.
“I have the relay with my guys (which starts with Friday’s heats), I always love racing for my country with the boys, let’s see if we can add another medal to the tally,” he said. “But I’m really hungry for that individual medal. And I’m going to keep working on the drawing board and let those moments fill me.”
The Americans swept the 200m podium with Kenny Bednarek taking silver in 19.77 and Erriyon Knighton finishing third (19.80).
Canadian Marco Arop easily booked his spot in Saturday’s 800-metre final. The 23-year-old from Edmonton ran one minute 45.12 seconds for the second fastest time in Thursday’s semifinals.
“The goal was just to get to the final and go from there,” Arop said.
Arop, who is world No. 3 this year, raced with the peloton for the first lap, taking the lead with around 250 meters to go. He was pinched on the finish line by the Algerian Slimane Moula.
“I just stayed patient at first, saw an opening and took it,” Arop said. “Moula has a great finish, I’ve seen him run like that all year. So I think part of me was kind of expecting him to come at the end, but as long as that it’s just him, it’s fine.”
And Moh Ahmed of St. Catharines, Ont., qualified for the 5,000m final.
Ahmed, the Olympic silver medalist in the event, set a brisk pace from the front for much of the race before moving up to fifth in 13:15.17. He was also the fifth fastest of the night.
Ahmed’s strategy to pick up the pace was to eliminate some riders from the slower heat before his.
“I don’t know who got knocked out or who didn’t, but there were some big names in that seventh place in the (first run), and I thought… might as well knock them out,” said he declared. “So that’s what I wanted to do.”
This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 21, 2022.
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