Two Gold and Bronze for Canadian Track and Field in Glasgow CWG

 

Damian Warner  photo by Claus Andersen

Damian Warner, Jim Steacy, Kate Van Buskirk add to Commonwealth medal count on day 3

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Glasgow, SCO - Jim Steacy of Lethbridge, Alta., and Damian Warner of London, Ont., won gold in the hammer and decathlon respectively tonight while Kate Van Buskirk of Toronto, Ont., won bronze in the women's 1500-metres.

Damian Warner captured the first medal of the evening with gold in the decathlon with a total score of 8282 points. Damian entered day two of decathlon in the lead and held onto it with a number of strong performances. He set a Games best and decathlon personal best of 13.50 in the 110-metres hurdles, launched the discus 41.31-metres, vaulted 4.50-metres, threw the javelin 61.96-metres and crossed the line in the 1500-metres in 4:45.43. "It's my first major international victory!" commented Damian. "Last year at Worlds I was able to stand on the podium and do the victory lap with the flag. This time it's the same thing but on top of the podium, what an awesome feeling."

James Steacy  photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Jim Steacy also got to feel what it's like to step on top of the podium by winning gold in the men's hammer throw with a throw of 74.16-metres on his second attempt. "It's unbelievable, this is a dream come true to finish off the season", notes Jim. "It has been a long time coming, just amazing. I won the 2007 Pan American Games so it has been a long time. The crowd noise is a major part, the atmosphere is fantastic, and it was just so much fun. It is something I thrive on, the noise, the atmosphere, when the fans get engaged like that, it's hard not to do well and as soon as you get a throw out you are just going for broke and see what happens."

Kate Van Buskirk  photo by Claus Andersen

Kate Van Buskirk completed the medal hat trick with bronze in the women's 1500-metres. The field was still bunched with 200-metres to go when Kate made her big move. Her official time was 4:09.41. "Coming into the stadium and seeing it packed like that, I mean, it was packed for the heats nevermind the final, you really can thrive off that crowd. This was the first time in my life that I wasn't nervous, I wasn't nervous last night, I wasn't nervous today and I think I was just so amped up and excited and grateful for the opportunity to be here I am just really happy with how it all played out."

Nicole Sifuentes  photo by Claus Andersen

Hot on Kate's heels was Nicole Sifuentes of Winnipeg, Man., who finished fourth in 4:10.48.

Brianne Theisen-Eaton  photo by Claus Anderesen

After four events in the heptathlon Brianne Theisen-Eaton of Humboldt, Sask., leads the way with 3939 points, just behind her is Jessica Zelinka of London, Ont., with 3744. Brianne clocked 13.18 seconds in the 100-metre hurdles, leapt 1.84 metres in the high jump, threw the shot put 13.71-metres, and clocked 23.41 in the 200-metres. Jessica ran the hurdles in a Games best of 12.83 seconds, high jumped 1.69-metres, registered 13.65-metres in the shot put, and crossed the line in the 200-metres in 24.00. Tomorrow the women will complete the heptathlon with the long jump, javelin and 800-metres.

Jessica Zelinka  photo by Claus Andersen

None of the Canadian men advanced out of the 400-metres semi-finals. Daundre Barnaby of Brampton, Ont., Philip Osei of Toronto, Ont., and Michael Robertson of Williamstown, Ont., all finished sixth in their respective heats.

In the heats of the T54 wheelchair 1500-metres Diane Roy of Sherbrooke, Que., came out strong winning her heat in 3:52.83 to qualify for Thursday's final. Josh Cassidy of Ottawa, Ont., and Alex Dupont of Claranceville, Que., qualified to the men's final, both finishing second in their respective heats in 3:29.81 and 3:20.14.

Chanice Chase  photo by Cllaus Andersen

Earlier in the day Chanice Taylor-Chase of Ajax, Ont., finished second in her 400-metre hurdles heat in 57.23 seconds for automatic qualification to Thursday's final. Noelle Montcalm of Belle River, Ont., was third in her heat in 56.72 seconds, which was fast enough to take her through to the final as well.

Brandon McBride of Windsor, Ont., qualified for the men's 800-metres semi-finals with a time of 1:49.29 in the heats.

Canadian action on Wednesday

In the men's high jump final are Derek Drouin of Corunna, Ont., and Michael Mason of Nanoose Bay, B.C.

Elizabeth Gleadle of Vancouver, B.C., competes in the women's javelin final.

Julie Labonté of Ste-Justine, Que., fights for a spot on the podium in the women's shot put final.

The men's 200-metres heats get underway first thing tomorrow morning with Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont., Brendon Rodney of Toronto, Ont., and Gavin Smellie of Etobicoke, Ont.

Shai-Anne Davis of Richmond, B.C., Crystal Emmanuel of East York, Ont., and Kim Hyacinthe of Lachenaie, Que., line up in the women's 200-metres heats.

Christabel Nettey of Surrey, B.C., will be in the women's long jump looking to secure a spot in the final.

The women's 800-metres heats begin with Karine Belleau-Béliveau of Montreal, Que., Melissa Bishop of Eganville, Ont., and Jessica Smith of North Vancouver, B.C.

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