Canadian Brittany Crew qualifies for shot put final


Brittany Crew, of Canada, competes in the women's shot put qualifications at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (David J. Phillip/AP)

DOHA, Qatar — Canada’s Brittany Crew has qualified for the final in the women’s shot put at the world track and field championships.

The Toronto native threw 18.30 metres today to finish 11th and qualify for the 12-athlete final.

Crew, 25, finished sixth at the last world championships in 2017.

Crew won silver at the Pan American Games in August with a throw of 19.07 metres. She broke her own national record with a throw of 19.28 metres last month in Berlin.

Meanwhile, Andrea Seccafien of Guelph, Ont., advanced to the women’s 5,000-metre final. She was 13th overall in heats with a personal-best time of 15 minutes 4.67 seconds.

Gabriela DeBues-Stafford of Toronto earned a semifinal spot in the women’s 1,500 metres. She was 11th overall in heats in 4:07.28.

In the decathlon, 2016 Olympic bronze medallist Damian Warner of London, Ont., is second after three events with 2,788 points.

France’s Kevin Mayer (2,827 points) leads the way.

Warner was first in the 100 metres, second in the long jump and eighth in the shot put.

Pierce LePage of Whitby, Ont., is fourth.

Canada has four medals (three bronze, one silver) at the world championships after winning none at the last worlds in London in 2017.

The meet runs through Sunday.

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