Audrey Leduc sets the Canadian record in women’s 100m

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Audrey Leduc of Gatineau, Quebec made Canadian sports history on Saturday. She posted a time of 10.96 seconds in the women’s 100 metres at the Louisiana State University Alumni Gold Meet in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In winning the silver medal, Leduc ran the fastest time ever by a Canadian woman in the distance and met the 2024 Olympic Games standard time of 11.07 seconds according to Doug Harrison of CBC Sports. 

Aleia Hobbs of the United States won gold in Baton Rouge with a time of 10.88 seconds. Celera Barnes of the United States won the bronze medal with a time of 11.10 seconds. Leduc reached the podium 0.18 seconds. Mikiah Brisco of the United States finished in fourth place with a time of 11.14 seconds.

The old Canadian record belonged to the late Angela Bailey of Toronto, Ontario. She accomplished the feat with a time of 10.98 seconds at the Budapest Grand Prix on July 6, 1987. Bailey was a Canadian Olympic silver medalist. She teamed up with Marita Payne, and Angella Taylor-Issajenko of Toronto, and France Gareau of Verner, Ontario to win the silver medal in the women’s 4×100 metres at the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles.

The world record in the women’s 100 metres belongs to the late Florence Griffith Joyner of the United States, who had a time of 10.49 seconds. She accomplished the feat at the 1988 United States Olympic Trials. The silver medal will give Leduc confidence as she prepares for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. 

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