Silver lining on Day 3 of Canadian Championships

There may not have been a golden finish on day three of the Canadian Championships, but it was certainly full of silver linings. Lion athletes picked up a total of three silvers and one bronze Saturday.

Lauren Gale kicked off the medal haul in the junior women’s 400m final with her silver medal performance. The field got away from Gale, but she was able to move back against them in the homestretch before being nipped at the line by Natasha McDonald 54.48 to 54.52.

Shyvonne Roxborough was next to step onto the medal podium. The World Junior team member battled a strong headwind in the final to finish in third with a time of 12.17 seconds. Roxborough will race the 200m semi’s on Sunday.

Josh Cassidy picked up his second medal of the championship in the 1500m para wheelchair final. The 2012 Paralympian finished second in a time of 3:22.79.

Cassidy’s medal performance was quickly followed up by a another silver with Sultana Frizell finishing second in the hammer throw. The Canadian record holder, who is coming back from an early season foot injury, hurled the hammer out to a seasonal best of 69.14m. Sultana has the Olympic standard from last year, so we will wait to see if she gets named to the team on Monday.

In other news, Melissa Bishop comfortably advanced to the women’s 800m final, winning her heat in 2:05.08. As well, Oluwasegun Makinde was fifth in the men’s 100m final in 10.35. Makinde had run an all-conditions best of 10.17w in the semi-final.

All of the results from Day Three can be found below:

Junior Women

Jordan Weston (1500m Final) – 4:39.17 7th
Shyvonne Roxborough (100m Semi-finals) – 11.82 2nd
Shyvonne Roxborough (100m Final) – 12.17 BRONZE
Lauren Gale (400m Final) – 54.52 SILVER

Senior Women

Melissa Bishop (800m Semi-Final) – 2:05.08 3rd
Svetlana Martynova (800m Semi-Final) – 2:08.07 16th
Farah Jacques (100m Semi-Fina) – 11.54w 9th
Sultana Frizell (Hammer Throw Final) – 69.14m SILVER

Senior Men

Sebastian Saville (800m Semi-Final) – 1:52.28 – 18th
Oluwasegun Makinde (100m Semi-Final) – 10.17w 5th
Oluwasegun Makinde (100m Final) – 10.35 5th
Josh Cassidy (1500m Para Wheelchair Final) – 3:22.79 SILVER