Crys­tal Em­manuel ad­vances to 200 fi­nal at worlds

The Hamilton Spectator - - SPORTS - LORI EWING

LON­DON — Crys­tal Em­manuel looked fierce, like a fired-up boxer about to climb into the ring.

Then she raced into the women’s 200-me­tre fi­nal at the world track and field cham­pi­onships, a place no Cana­dian woman has gone in 33 years.

The 25-year-old from Toronto ran 22.85 sec­onds to fin­ish third in her semi­fi­nal and clinch a spot in Friday’s fi­nal — a first for a Cana­dian woman in the dis­tance since An­gela Bai­ley in 1983.

When the tele­vi­sion cam­era panned the field for her 200-me­tre semi­fi­nal, it caught the Cana­dian talk­ing to her­self. She was re­peat­ing her mantra: “Beast. Just me.”

“I looked down the track and all I saw was ‘beast,’ and that was me,” Em­manuel said.

It was a night that might have be­longed to An­dre De Grasse. Turkey’s Ramil Guliyev won gold in a men’s 200-me­tre fi­nal miss­ing the Cana­dian star, who pulled out be­fore the meet with a torn ham­string.

Led by Em­manuel, three Cana­dian women wrote the story Thurs­day night at Lon­don Sta­dium.

World sil­ver medal­list Melissa Bishop from Eganville, Ont. nearly fell, but went on to fin­ish sec­ond in two min­utes 1.11 sec­onds in the 800 me­tres.

Sage Wat­son of Medicine Hat, Alta., raced to sixth in her first ma­jor 400-me­tre hur­dles fi­nal. She crossed at 54.92.

Canada’s Crys­tal Em­manuel

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