Brown Jumps to Gold

It was a golden Friday for Larissa Brown as she lead the Lions’ performances on day two of the Canadian Championships in Edmonton. After trailing through four rounds, Brown found her grove in her penultimate jump, leaping out to 4.82m to take the lead Shanelle Gregory. Shanelle was unable to respond in round six, leaving Brown with her first gold of the championship.

In the only other finals for Lions athletes on day two, Austin White and Gabriel Tesfaye finished 4th and 5th respectively in the junior and senior 400m hurdles.Despite a lifetime best performance of 54.74 seconds, White finished a half second off the podium. However, expect the 18 year old to step up to a medal next season. Tesfaye was 0.01 seconds out of fourth, finishing in 52.60.

In 1500m qualifying, both Adam Palamar shifted through every gear during his tactical 3:51.34 run to second in his semi-final. After sitting at the back of the pack for the first 1100m, Palamar steamed his way to the front of the back as he hit the bell and would hold on to second to secure his spot in Saturday’s final.

Also securing a spot in a 1500m final was Jordan Weston. Finishing in 4:33.67, Weston finished comfortably in third place to get the big Q in the junior women’s race.

Full results from Friday can be found below:

Jordan Weston (1500m Semi-Final) – 4:33.67 7th
Gabriel Tesfaye (400m Hurdles Final) – 52.60 5th
Austin White (400m Hurdles Final) – 54.74PB 4th
Larissa Brown (Para Ambulatory Long Jump Final) – 4.82m GOLD
Rachael Burrowes (Para Wheelchair 800m) – 3:37.71 8th
Adam Palamar (1500m Semi-Final) – 3:51.34 4th
Lauren Gale (400m Semi-Final) – 55.04 1st
Charlotte Gardner (400m Semi-Final) – 58.33 18th
Christiane Lela (400m Semi-Final) – 58.61 19th