Sekou Kaba’s first Olympic experience didn’t quite go as planned Monday night at the
Engenhão Stadium in Rio. Kaba, a semi-finalist at last year’s World Championships, narrowly missed out on achieving the same feat, posting a time of 13.70 seconds to finish eighth in the fifth and final heat.
The hurdle event was not without its own built in dramatics as rain poured down into the stadium as the session commenced, leaving puddles across the track. The result was after the first two heats, the entire meet was suspended until conditions improved.
The delay lasted about 20 mins. Once back on the track, Kaba looked smooth in his race, running over the 42 inch barriers cleanly – an uncommon sight in men’s sprint hurdles. The result was Kaba’s second fastest time of the season.
Following the competition, the University of Ottawa grade took to Twitter to thank all his supporters. “”Tried 2 put on a front but failed to hold back tears. I’ve never felt support like this. Thank u guys sooo much. Will do better next time!”
Next up for the Lions in Rio will be Melissa Bishop who will run the 800m heats Wednesday morning.