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Canada’s Kieran Lumb and Lucia Stafford advance into 1,500m finals

Canadian middle-distance runners Kieran Lumb and Lucia Stafford adopted up a day of stable performances for Staff Canada on the 2024 World Indoor Championships in Glasgow. Lumb positioned second in males’s 1,500m heats to advance to his first world last, whereas Stafford took the third and last spot in a tactical warmth to punch a ticket into Sunday’s ladies’s 1,500m last.

lucia stafford
Picture: James Rhodes (@jrhodesathletics)

Stafford got here into World Indoor with an additional gear after bowing out of the heats final summer time in Budapest. Her race technique was to carry her place on the within lane, which labored out for the 26-year-old within the last 100 metres. She is going to now get an opportunity to compete for a medal in ladies’s 1,500m.

“The ladies’s 1,500m is on one other degree,” says Stafford. “The distinction between making the ultimate and never, comes all the way down to the day.” On factor Stafford says she saved telling herself throughout at this time’s race was to be affected person. “Race techniques are essential, and that is one thing I’ve needed to study.”

This will likely be Stafford’s first international last. She nearly made the Olympic last three years in the past in Tokyo. “I wanted to step up my recreation,” Stafford informed Canadian Working.

For Lumb, this may also be his first world last on the boys’s aspect. Lumb led his warmth of the boys’s 1,500m from practically 200m onwards, solely handed by Portugal’s Isaac Nader on the bell lap. “I’m thrilled to be advancing,” says Lumb. “In Budapest, I used to be pleased to be there. Now, I’m extra assured.”

Kieran Lumb World Indoors
Picture: Kevin Morris

Within the 1,500m occasion, there’s not a lot room for error with solely three qualifying spots up for grabs, with no time-based qualifiers. With a number of of the massive names in males’s middle-distance operating not competing in Glasgow, as a consequence of varied causes, all three medals are up for grabs in Sunday’s last. 

“I must make good choices between now and the race,” says Lumb. “Anybody within the last might medal. It’s a really open area and I wish to put all of it collectively on the day.”

Quebec’s Simone Plourde and Charles Philibert-Thiboutot didn’t place within the high three of their respective heats to advance to Sunday’s last.

Earlier on Day 1, Canadian shot putter Sarah Mitton gained the primary medal on the World Indoor Championships, throwing a nationwide document mark to win gold. 


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