November 17th, 2019

Watson on relay team looking to make noise

By Medicine Hat News on April 18, 2019.

Canada's Sage Watson runs during the Women's 400 metres hurdles heats at the World Athletics Championships in London Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. The Seven Persons runner posted a season-best time at the Diamond League event in London, England on Sunday, July 21, 2019. Canadian nationals are this week in Montreal. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Seven Persons’ Sage Watson has been named to Canada’s team for the IAAF World Relays track meet next month in Japan.

Watson, who memorably anchored Canada’s 4×400 women’s team to fourth at the Rio Olympics, still lists the 400 metre hurdles as her main event; she’s ranked seven in the world in it currently. But the relays are important because they’re a chance to qualify for the world championships this fall.

Watson, who was on the 2015 Canadian team that reached the final at worlds, expects a lot out of this upcoming outdoor season.

“At World Relays, our number one goal is to be on the podium and to qualify for the World Championships. This group has the ability to do that,” said Watson in a press release. “Winning a medal in Doha (worlds) would be amazing for this group and we are definitely capable of it. However, the most important thing this year is to be competitive and fast so we are ready in 2020 to bring home an Olympic medal.”

Athletics Canada is sending 22 athletes to the World Relays meet in Yokohama, Japan May 11 and 12.

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