Friday, August 31, 2007

Anson Henry's Canadian relay squad seventh...

OSAKA, Japan—Washington State university grad Anson Henry ran the second leg of Team Canada’s 4 x 100 meter relay Friday night, as the Canadians finished seventh in a time of 39.43 seconds.

The race was won by Brazil in a time of 38.27.

Earlier in the meet, Henry ran in the 100 meters, advancing as far as the semi-finals, where he finished sixth.

The former Pac-10 champ ran on Canada’s relay team in the 2004 Olympic Games and the 2001 and 2003 World Championships. Henry was the 2004 and 2005 Canadian champion in the 200m.

In Saturday’s penultimate day of competition at Nagai Stadium, Mountlake Terrace’s Brad Walker, a 2005 University of Washington grad who attended University HS in Spokane, will compete in the finals of the men’s pole vault. Walker only needed three jumps in Thursday night’s qualifying to advance.

Walker is a two-time USA outdoor national champion, and the reigning world indoor champion in this event. He finished second in the 2005 world outdoor championships in Helsinki, and currently has the world’s best jump this season at 19-6 1/4. Walker’s event gets underway at 7:30pm, Osaka time (3:30 am, Seattle time)

The final athlete competing with ties to the state of Washington competing will be Bernard Lagat in the men’s 5000 meters on Sunday. Lagat has already claimed a world title at 1500 meters earlier in the meet.

For more information on the IAAF World Track & Field Championships, please visit http://www.osaka2007.iaaf.org.

For more information on Washington state-affiliated athletes competing at the world championships in Osaka, please visit http://paulmerca.blogspot.com.

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