Photo Credit Athletics Canada
It was a tough day at the World Championships in the men's 3000 metre steeplechase for Speed River athletes Alex Genest and Taylor Milne. After an incredibly slow first section the door was open for the two athletes to advance to the final on the basis of placing or time qualifying. Genest was in the section section and was well positioned in the main back until he crashed to the track after clipping a barrier. The fall left Genest well back of the field, despite a strong effort to try to bridge the gap, he could not close on his competitors as he would finish 10th in his section in a time of 8 minutes 52.49 seconds. Genest would finish 29th overall. With only two strong times in the second section, left a lot of time qualifier opportunities to the third section and with a strong pace all of the top seven finishers should advance to the final. After a strong first kilometre, the pace started to lag, conscious of the slow pace Milne moved to the front trying to keep the pace strong to get one of those time qualifiers. As the runners headed into the final lap Milne was slightly off the lead group and would need a strong final 400 to make the final. Regrettably the early pacing proved too much as he struggled over the final 400, failing to advance to the final. Milne would finish in 8:43.47 to finish 22nd overall.