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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

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Shanks qualifies for final at world youth track event

DONETSK, Ukraine – Josh Shanks of the Saint John Track Club advanced to final at of the 3,000-metre event at the World Youth Track and Field Championships on Thursday.

Shanks, the pride of Chance Harbour, placed fifth in a time of eight minutes, 32.36 seconds. He was the only Canadian to qualify in the preliminary rounds of the 3000m.

Shanks was chosen for the team in late June after being ranked first in the country in the Youth 3000m with a time of 8:31.51, which broke Hampton athlete Barry Britt’s previous New Brunswick record. He was also the 2012 bronze medalist at the Canadian Legion Youth Track and Field Championships last year in Prince Edward Island.

“Many of Josh’s fans and supporters were up at 3:30 a.m. to watch Josh race on the live web feed,” said Shanks’s coach Bill MacMackin, who is also the president of the Saint John Track Club. “We were thrilled that he will be in the final on Sunday and very proud of him. Despite being very early, there was a steady stream of chat on Facebook about his race.”