DOHA, Qatar — Canada’s Gabriela DeBues-Stafford broke her own national record in the women’s 1,500-metre final Saturday at the world track and field championships.
The Toronto runner finished sixth in three minutes 56.12 seconds, trimming over three seconds from her previous best of 3:59.59 set last August in Zurich.
Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands won gold in 3:51.95. Faith Kipyegon of Kenya took silver and Gudaf Tsegay of Ethiopia won bronze.
DeBues-Stafford first broke the Canadian record in July. Her time of 4:00.26 in London was one-100th of a second faster than Lynn Williams’ mark from 1985.
Also Saturday, the Canadian women’s 4×400-metre relay team qualified for Sunday’s final by finishing third in the opening heat in 3:25.86.
In men’s shot put, Tim Nedow of Brockville, Ont., was ninth. In the women’s 100-metre hurdles, Phylicia George of Markham, Ont., did not advance after finishing last in her seven-runner heat with a time of 13.49 seconds.
In the women’s 5,000 metres, Andrea Seccafien of Guelph, Ont., was 13th in 14:59.95, a personal best at the distance.