AGSI’s field researcher and track and field Olympian, Taylor Milne, has had an eventful summer competing in a series of 3000m Steeplechase races throughout the championship circuit.
Taylor finished in 22nd place at the IAAF World Championships held in Beijing, China from August 22 to August 30, 2015. Taylor had hoped to place higher but placing 22nd in the World amongst the fastest men in the world is an awesome achievement.
This past July Taylor ran a time of 8:16.7, in the earlier heats at the London Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games part of the IAAF London Diamond League circuit. The time places him as the 11th fastest time this year in the world this year’s standings. These standings are based on three athletes per country that are allowed to compete at the Olympics. Unfortunately, a technical infraction of stepping on the line disqualified Taylor in the final heat.
Taylor’s blistering time of 8:16.7 is the 3rd fastest in Canadian history! Qualifying time for the Rio Summer Olympics is 8:28, so the last step for Taylor will be placing top three at the 2016 Canadian Championships to be held in Edmonton, Alberta this summer.
“I am in a heavy training block right now building up for next summer. Last year I took 11 seconds off my personal Best time” says Taylor. “I am 5 seconds off the Canadian record so I will be gunning for that. The main goal being to make Olympics and then hoping for a big performance once I am there”.
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