Canadian hurdler Sage Watson reached the rostrum in her out of doors season debut Wednesday, ending third within the ladies’s 400-metre occasion on the Gyulai István Memorial in Székesfehérvar, Hungary.
The nationwide record-holder went out quick on a cool afternoon at Bregyó Athletic Center and briefly led the sphere of eight earlier than Femke Bol of the Netherlands took the lead for good shortly earlier than the straightaway, ending in 54.67 seconds.
Ukraine’s Anna Ryzhykova was 1.19 seconds again in second whereas Watson’s 56.29 clocking was quicker than her successful time of 56.34 on the Canadian championships final July in Montreal.
Ryzhykova and Watson have been seventh and eighth, respectively, within the ultimate on the 2019 world observe and area championships.
Wednesday’s race was Watson’s first outside this season following observe and area’s shutdown in March as a result of coronavirus pandemic. The 26-year-old native of Medicine Hat, Alta., clocked 53.29 to win an indoor 400 race on the Texas Tech shootout in mid-February.
Last August, Watson received her first gold medal in an expert occasion since 2015 on the Pan Am Games in Peru, two months earlier than working 54.32 on the planet semifinals, breaking Rosey Edeh’s Canadian file ithat had stood for greater than 23 years. Watson’s earlier better of 54.52 was her successful time on the 2017 NCAA championships in Eugene, Ore.
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Two days later, she completed eighth within the ultimate in Doha, Qatar, the place she crossed the road in 54.82.
She will compete on the BAUHAUS-galan meet in Stockholm for the primary time in her Diamond League season debut on Sunday.
Watson, who met the 55.40 Olympic qualifying commonplace final July in London, received the 400 hurdles ultimately yr’s Diamond League Final in Brussels in 55.58.