MOSCOW – A number of Canadian athletes recorded strong performances on the first day of competition at the 2013 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championship in Athletics, including a best-ever finish by a Canadian at the world’s by Mohammed Ahmed. Of St. Catharines.
Damian Warner of London, Ont., performed well in the first five of 10 events in the decathlon to sit in fourth place while Aaron Brown of Toronto, and Gavin Smellie of Etobicoke, Ont., advanced to the semi-finals of the 100-metres.
Mohammed Ahmed’s best-ever finish by a Canadian at the meet came in the men’s 10,000-metres with his ninth place finish in 27:35.76.
“I was up there, top five for the last couple of laps, I don’t even know how I got up there. I was just trying to stay up there with those guys. It was great to run that fast with that kind of surging at a championship”, said Ahmed. “I came in here thinking I was world class, that everybody is beatable.”
Cam Levins of Black Creek, B.C., placed 14th in the men’s 10,000m final in 27:47.89. He will race again on Tuesday in the 5000-metres.
Anthony Romaniw of Hamilton, was sixth in his heat six of the first round of the 800-metres in 1:47.98 and did not advance to the semis. “It didn’t go well, but good to get this experience. I was trying to feel out when the right time was to go, just wasn’t there today. It happens. All in all, not upset with my season, I’ll get over this race, get back to Guelph, work even harder.”
In the decathlon, Damian Warner’s first day of competition featured a clocking of 10.43 (922pts) in the 100-metres, 7.39-metres in the long jump (908pts), 14.23-metres in the shot put (742pts), 2.05-metres in the high jump (850pts), and 48.41 seconds in the 400-metres (889pts).
In his heats of the men’s 100m, Aaron Brown placed second in 10.15 seconds to auto-qualify for the semi-finals.
Gavin Smellie also auto-qualified for the semis by finishing third in his heat. Sam Effah raced to a time of 10.21 in a very fast heat to place fifth but failed to advance.
In the women’s marathon Lanni Marchant of London, Ont., placed 44th in a time of 3:01:54. Krista Duchene of Brantford, Ont., dropped out after the 10-kilometre marker. Overall 25 women did not finish the grueling race.
Marchant hung in tough and put her best effort forward for a strong finish. At 30-kilometres she was 15th with a time of 1:49:43
Alicia Brown of Ottawa, finished fifth in her in the women’s 400-metres.
In men’s pole vault qualifying, Shawnacy Barber of Toronto finished 16th in Group A with a mark of 5.40-metres.
Christabel Nettey of Surrey, B.C., recorded a best jump of 6.47-metres in Group B of women’s long jump qualifying and does not advance to the final.