Friday, February 23, 2024

Ben Flanagan and Marco Arop eye nationwide information at New Stability Grand Prix


The indoor observe season is in complete swing, and Canada’s Ben Flanagan and Marco Arop are again in motion this weekend on the New Stability Indoor Grand Prix in Boston, after sensational performances to open the 2024 season ultimate weekend. Each males have their eyes at the Canadian indoor report e-book.

Flanagan, recent off attaining his first occupation Olympic same old within the males’s 5,000m, joined this week’s episode of Canadian Operating’s The Shakeout Podcast with host David Stol. At the podcast, Flanagan introduced he could be racing once more at Sunday’s New Stability Indoor Grand Prix within the males’s 3,000m, and that he has a Canadian report time on his thoughts.

Ben Flanagan
Ben Flanagan competes within the 5,000m heats at Global Athletics Championships in Budapest, in August 2023. Photograph: Kevin Morris

“I might actually love to take [Kieran] Lumb’s Canadian report within the indoor 3,000m of seven:38.39 […] That’s the purpose for Sunday,” stated Flanagan. “Simply because I do know he’ll take it again from me in the future.”

Flanagan has had some earlier good fortune at this NB Grand Prix observe. Ultimate yr, he ran his 3,000m non-public easiest of seven:43.49 to position 5th in a world-class box. Lumb set the Canadian indoor 3,000m report in December 2023. He’s the one Canadian athlete to run underneath 7:40.

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Becoming a member of Flanagan within the males’s 3,000m on the New Stability Grand Prix is Quebec’s Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, who’s coming off a second-place end and private easiest of three:53.41 over one mile on the John Terrier Vintage ultimate weekend in Boston.

Team Canada 1,500m Pan Ams
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot celebrating his 2023 Pan-Am gold medal with teammate Rob Heppenstall within the males’s 1,500m. Photograph: Thomas Skrlj/COC

Flanagan, who simply became 29, stated he’s excited to look a large number of Canadian distance runners at primary observe occasions just like the NB Grand Prix—a Global Athletics Indoor Excursion Gold tournament. “It’s been implausible to look Arop’s upward push to turning into the 800m international champion,” stated Flanagan. “I met him for the primary time in Budapest. He’s tremendous soft-spoken and authentic. He actually inspired me.”

On the 2023 Global Championships, Arop turned into the primary Canadian 800m runner to win international championship gold. In Paris, he’ll glance to succeed in uncharted territory as soon as once more, turning into the primary runner in Canadian historical past to win gold within the 800m self-discipline.

“To peer him pull off what he did in Budapest, it was once implausible—I believe he’s nonetheless simply getting higher,” stated Flanagan.

Arop is coming off a countrywide report of one:45.51 over 800m indoors in Arkansas, making improvements to his earlier Canadian indoor report via just about part a moment. The arena 800m champion ruled the race, negative-splitting a 52-second ultimate 400m to win via 1.5 seconds. He now has some other report on his thoughts that he hasn’t added to his spectacular resume but—the Canadian 1,000m report.

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Marco Arop within the males’s 800m ultimate on the 2023 Global Athletics Championships. Photograph: Kevin Morris

The 25-year-old will toe the road in opposition to the reigning international indoor champion Mariano García of Spain within the males’s 1,000m. García is the Spanish nationwide report holder over 800 and 1,000m indoors and is understood for his late-race power. Regardless of now not making the Spanish staff for worlds ultimate yr, he opened his 2024 season with a 2:17.51 for 1,000m.

The time Arop may have his eyes on is the Canadian 1,000m indoor report held via Nathan Brannen, which is two:16.87, set in Boston 10 years in the past. For Arop to have a possibility, he’ll wish to come via 800m in underneath 1:49, which he confirmed he was once able to ultimate weekend, when he ran his new non-public easiest on the College of Arkansas.

Flanagan and Arop shall be two of 7 Canadian athletes competing on the 2024 New Stability Grand Prix. Sisters Lucia Stafford and Gabriela DeBues-Stafford will race every different over 1,500m at the similar observe for the primary time since 2022. Lucia is coming off two wins to kick off her season eventually weekend’s John Terrier Vintage, whilst Gabriela is returning to the pro scene after two years of accidents and setbacks.

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Lucia Stafford within the girls’s one mile on the 2023 New Stability Grand Prix. Photograph: @kosukemedia

Canadian XC champion Kieran Lumb shall be within the males’s 1,500m, and Julie-Anne Staehli of Lucknow, Ont., is entered within the girls’s 3,000m.

The right way to practice?

Canadian Operating shall be are living in Boston on Sunday at The Monitor at New Stability for the 2024 New Stability Indoor Grand Prix. We can be tweeting and posting interviews and effects with athletes because it occurs. If you’re on the lookout for a livestream of the races, you’ll be able to accomplish that on FloTrack or the FloSports app (club required). The development will get started at 4 p.m. ET and can run till 6 p.m. ET.


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