Running in honour of the late American runner Gabriele Grunewald, Canadian Gabriela Debues-Stafford set a national record in the 1-mile at Friday’s Diamond League event in Monaco.
The Brave Like Gabe Mile didn’t disappoint. Sifan Hassan of the Netherlands set a world record with a time of 4 minutes, 12.33 seconds and Debues-Stafford set the Canadian record finishing third with a time of 4:17.87.
“She was so positive and warm,” DeBues-Stafford recalls of Grunewald, who died last month at age 32 after inspiring many with her long and public fight against cancer. “She radiated a lot of energy and it was admirable when she battled such adversity.”
WATCH | Hassan breaks world record in women’s mile, Debues-Stafford breaks Canadian mark
Gatlin wins 100m
In the men’s 100 metres there was another win for world champion Justin Gatlin.
The 37-year-old Gatlin clocked 9.91 seconds to narrowly beat Noah Lyles in 9.92 — Gatlin’s winning time last Friday at the Athletissima Diamond League in Lausanne.
Michael Rodgers made it a United States podium sweep with 10.01 for third, having run the same time in Lausanne.
Nijel Amos of Botswana won the 800m, with a world-leading time of 1:41.89.
Canadian Brandon McBride finished fifth, setting a season’s best with 1:43.83.
WATCH | Nijel Amos wins men’s 800m race in Monaco with world-leading time
Mattew Hughes was the only other Canadian who competed, placing 12th in the steeplechase.