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Josh Shanks from the Saint John Track Club has been selected for Team Canada to compete in the World Youth Track and Field Championships being held in Donetsk, Ukraine. Photo: Kâté Braydon/Telegraph-Journal

 

Shanks places 12th on world stage

DONETSK, Ukraine – Josh Shanks of Saint John Track Club finished 12th in the 3000-metre final of the World Youth Track and Field Championships on Sunday.

The Chance Harbour native finished in a time of eight minutes, 50.16 seconds. in a strong field of runners from all around the globe. Ethiopia’s Yomif Kejelcha won the race in a time of 7:53.56, edging out Kenya’s Vedic Kipkoech and Alexander Mutiso Munyao in times of 7:55.60 and 7:56.86, respectively.

Shanks was the only runner from the western hemisphere to make the final, which was run in temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius.

Shanks qualified for the final on Thursday in a time of 8:32.36.

‘’Josh is an incredible young talent and a hard worker,” said Gabriel LeBlanc, technical director of Athletics New Brunswick. “He has all the tools to become one of the all-time greats.”

Shanks was a bronze-medalist in the 3000m at last year’s Canadian Legion Youth Track and Field Championships and will be looking for a gold medal at this year’s event, scheduled to take place from Aug. 9 to 11 in Langley, British Columbia.