From sister publication: Athletics Illustrated
The Christie-Phoenix Insurance Victoria Run Series’ second meet of the 2016 season takes place Saturday, June 4th at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium and several international athletes will be competing over the offered, 800m, 1500m and 3000m distances. It will be an exciting track meet for spectators.
Langley’s Fiona Benson, who last year became just the fifth Canadian all-time to run under the two-minute barrier in the 800-metre distance, is racing. Her dream season started with her running in the 2015 Victoria Run Series’ first meet where she dropped a near eight second personal best and kept on improving throughout the season. Benson finished the year competing in the 2015 IAAF World Track and Field Championships that took place in Beijing China, achieving her personal best of 1:59.59.
The 800-metre event isn’t even her specialty. She also ran one of the top 1500-metre times in Canada last year with her 4:05.24 performance in Rieti, Italy. The Olympic standards are 2:01.50 for the 800m and 4:07.00 for 1500m.
Her Coach Mark Bomba said, “We are not worried about time in Victoria right now, this race will help set her up for performances at the Harry Jerome Track Classic as well as the Portland Twilight meet, afterwards.”
Regardless Benson will be running fast and will make the 800-metre event an exciting race.
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