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Ontario sprinter speeds to new world 400m indoor report

In a outstanding feat on the NCAA’s Southeastern Convention championships held in Fayetteville, Ark., Toronto’s Christopher Morales Williams raced to a brand new world indoor report within the males’s 400m. The 19-year-old College of Georgia pupil clocked a blistering time of 44.49 seconds, surpassing the earlier report of 44.57, set on the identical monitor in 2005 by American sprinter Kerron Clement. 

Earlier this month, Morales Williams broke the Canadian indoor 400m report when he ran 45.39 on the Tiger Paw Invitational in Clemson, S.C. Smashing a report that had held for 16 years, Morales Williams ran a private finest over 400m by greater than half a second. On Saturday, he not solely bested that point, but additionally punched his ticket to Paris by clearing 45.00 seconds within the distance.

The younger sprinter is in his second 12 months on the College of Georgia on a monitor and area scholarship; his determination to hitch the College of Georgia was influenced considerably by coach Caryl Smith Gilbert, famend for teaching Canadian sprinter and Olympic champion Andre De Grasse throughout his time on the College of Southern California. He received his first Canadian senior championship within the 400m final 12 months, marking his presence as one of many nation’s high younger skills in athletics.

This achievement comes simply over a month after Morales Williams broke the Canadian indoor 300m report, on the Clemson Invite in South Carolina, the place he clocked a speedy 32.47 seconds. He broke the earlier report of 32.53, set by former World Championship bronze medallist Tyler Christopher in 2008, by six one-hundredths of a second.

Group Canada has not despatched any athletes within the males’s 400m to the previous two Olympic Video games. Together with his efficiency on Saturday, Morales Williams appears to be like to change into the primary man to symbolize Canada at an Olympic Video games within the occasion since Daundre Barnaby on the London Olympics in 2012.

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