Elmore wins Vancouver race before heading to Europe

James Turner also performs well at Harry Jerome meet in Vancouver

A couple of Kelowna athletes performed well at the annual Harry Jerome track and field meet in Vancouver on the weekend.

Distance runner Malindi Elmore rebounded from a disappointing Canadian championships to win the 1,500 metre race against a top field.

Elmore won her race in 4:07.85, just two seconds off the qualifying time for the World Championships.

The Kelowna runner then followed that performance by running her second fastest 800 metre race ever in a fifth place finish at the Victoria International Track Classic on Sunday.

“This shows me I am ready for a breakthrough in the 1,500,” said Elmore, who has now left for a series of races in Europe as she tries to qualify for this summer’s World Championships in South Korea.

Meanwhile Kelowna’s James Turner was also competing in the Harry Jerome Classic in Vancouver as he placed fourth in the men’s long jump. Turner, 17, was just centimetres off of a third place finish as he competed against some of the top athletes in Canada.

Kelowna Capital News