In a span of one hour, Canada more than doubled its medal total at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest.
Decathletes Pierce LePage and Damian Warner finished 1-2 on Saturday, the former with a personal-best 8,909 points to become the first Canadian to win world championship gold in the event.
Edmonton runner Marco Arop got the medal podium parade started at 2:35 p.m. ET with his victory in the men’s 800 metres in a time of one minute 44.24 seconds on a humid evening at the National Athletics Centre.
Sarah Mitton, who was named co-captain of the Canadian squad with Arop, then topped 20 metres for the first time this season en route to a silver medal about 45 minutes later after falling one centimetre short of bronze at last year’s worlds in Eugene, Ore. She is the first-ever Canadian woman to pick up a medal at the event.
Canada has six medals ahead of the final day of competition in Hungary, topping the four last year’s team racked up. Hammer throwers Camryn Rogers and Ethan Katzberg won gold earlier this week.
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Arop, the 24-year-old from Edmonton settled in the back of the pack early on before making a move to the outside around the 500m mark. He took the lead to stay with about 300m to the line and looked strong in the closing metres.
Kenya’s Emmanuel Wanyonyi, the former under-20 world champion who was fastest in heats and set the pace in the semifinals, was second in 1:44.53, followed by Ben Pattison of Great Britain (1:44.83).
In last year’s world final, Arop took the lead with about 300m to the finish but was later passed by Kenya’s Emmanuel Korir and Djamel Sedjati of Algeria in the closing metres.
A path to gold was cleared on Saturday with Korir absent from race. He failed to advance to the semifinals after not full recovering from a left foot injury suffered in March while Sedjati was disqualified from the final.
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