Saturday, September 23, 2023

Lucia Stafford hits global championship usual at L.A. Grand Prix


After a record-setting begin to Lucia Stafford’s 2023 season, she persevered her run of sturdy performances on the USATF LA Grand Prix on Would possibly 27. Stafford ran a non-public ideal time of four:02.03 within the ladies’s 1,500m, surpassing the all-important computerized qualifying usual of four:03.50 for the 2023 International Championships in Budapest this August.

The 24-year-old completed fourth within the ladies’s 1,500m on the L.A. Grand Prix at the back of Ethiopia’s Diribe Welteji, who was once fourth within the 1,500m on the global championships remaining 12 months. Welteji gained the race in a world-leading time of three:57.84. Stafford narrowly beat her earlier ideal of four:02.12 from the 2020 Olympic 1,500m semi-final. Her time is the twelfth quickest time on the earth this 12 months for the ladies’s 1,500m.

This career-best mark is redemption for Stafford, who slightly ignored the arena championship qualifying usual indoors through not up to a 2nd on the 2023 Millrose Video games, working 4:04.29.

Since she has now hit the arena championship usual, the Toronto-based professional has an automated variety to constitute Crew Canada within the 1,500m on the 2023 International Championships. Stafford is the one Canadian girl to run beneath the 1,500m usual of four:03.50 to this point this 12 months.

That is Stafford’s 2nd race of the out of doors season. She opened her season at NYC Monitor Evening on Would possibly 19, working the 800m in 2:03.27.


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