May 17th, 2024

Canada’s Morales Williams runs world-leading time to win SEC men’s 400-metre title

By The Canadian Press on May 12, 2024.

Canada's Christopher Morales Williams broke a few more records in what's been a dazzling season for him. Morales Williams, of Vaughan, Ont., is seen in action for the University of Georgia during the NCAA Southeastern Conference indoor championships, in Fayetteville, Ark., in a Sunday, Feb. 25, 2024, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-University of Georgia, Wesley Hitt, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Canada’s Christopher Morales Williams broke a few more records in what’s been a dazzling breakout season to date.

The 19-year-old Vaughan, Ont., native ran a world-leading time of 44.05 seconds to win the men’s 400-metre event at the Southeastern Conference outdoor championships on Saturday.

The University of Georgia sophomore broke Tyler Christopher’s Canadian record of 44.44 from 2005, reigning Olympic 100 silver medallist Fred Kerley’s meet record of 44.09 from 2017, along with his school’s and the facility’s records.

Morales Williams’s time is also faster than Antonio Watson’s 44.22 that won the Jamaican gold at last year’s world championships.

Alabama’s Samuel Ogazi (44.58) and Khaleb McRae (44.68) finished second and third, respectively, on Saturday.

Morales Williams entered the event being the SEC and NCAA national 400 indoor champion. He set a Canadian record and all-time best mark of 44.49 seconds at the SEC indoor championships in February.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 12, 2024.

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