Sage Watson, who desires to decrease her Canadian-record time within the girls’s 400-metre hurdles, is off to begin.
The College of Arizona alumnus opened her out of doors season within the occasion on Saturday, posting a successful time of 55.93 seconds in Tucson on the West Coast Basic, a meet co-hosted by the college.
The time ranks fourth on the planet this yr, 35-100ths of a second behind chief Wenda Nel of South Africa, who ran 55.58 on April 15.
Watson, 26, clocked a 54.32 private finest on Oct. 2, 2019 within the semifinals of the monitor and area world championships in Doha, Qatar, to interrupt Rosey Edeh’s 23-year nationwide mark.
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“I feel, for certain, I will have the ability to run 53 seconds. I do not know when that’ll be however I am positively able to that. I feel 52-high is feasible, too. It is a matter of continuous to remain wholesome, staying on prime of my coaching and ensuring I am getting in good competitions.”
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Watson, in an abbreviated 2020 marketing campaign because of the coronavirus pandemic, ran 56.29 for a third-place end in her out of doors season debut final Aug. 19 in Hungary.
4 days later, the 26-year-old native of Drugs Hat, Alta., crossed the road in 56.31 at a Diamond League meet in Stockholm earlier than calling it a season to relaxation and resume coaching for the Tokyo Olympics, which was postponed in March 2020 to this July.
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Seeking to Tokyo, Watson stated she’ll be extra centered on the duty at hand than throughout her 2016 Olympic debut in Rio, the place she was fourth in her semifinal warmth in hurdles however didn’t make the ultimate, inserting eleventh total.
“I used to be nonetheless a school pupil and had by no means skilled the [Diamond League] professional circuit and what it was wish to journey,” stated Watson, a volunteer coach with the U. of Arizona monitor group who returned to the college final July to work with coach Fred Harvey. “I feel I will be extra assured on the monitor [in Tokyo]. I’ve began to study what I am able to and that comes from realizing your physique.
“I really feel extra grown up and prepared. I additionally know what it takes to make a last. I’ve made the previous two world championship finals [in 2017 and 2019] and people are sort of equally as exhausting as making the Olympic last.”
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