Gabriela DeBues-Stafford finishes fourth in the 3,000m

After sharing the lead for most of the race, Gabriela DeBues-Stafford finishes short of the podium in what was a final lap sprint to finish the women’s 3,000m.

DeBues-Stafford ran him about 500m to get into position for a sprint on the final lap. When it came to the last 100 meters, she couldn’t get around Ethiopia Ejgayehu Taye and Elinor Purrier Saint-Pierre of the United States to secure a spot on the podium, finishing fourth in 8:42.89. Lemlem Hailu of Ethiopia won the race in 8:41.82, with Purrier St. Pierre taking silver and bronze over pre-race favorite Taye (8:42.23).

DeBues-Stafford dyed her hair blue and yellow to the world inside in support of Ukraine

The race was congested, with 20 runners on a 200m track. It started at a rather pedestrian pace until about a mile away, when the Ethiopian duo started picking up the pace forward. DeBues-Stafford held on and moved into medal position in the final laps.

DeBues-Stafford finished sixth in the 1500m at the 2019 World Championships in Doha and fifth in the same discipline at the Tokyo Olympics.

Gabriela DeBues-Stafford wins the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix 3000m with a new national record of 8:33.92.

DeBues-Stafford had a stellar season on the indoor track, breaking several Canadian indoor records in the 3,000 and 5,000 m. Her 5,000m record set in Boston earlier this year set a North American record for the 5,000m (14:31.38).

Lucknow, Ont. native Julie-Anne Staehli was with the main peloton from 20 to 1,600m but ended up finishing 18th in 8:58.73.