By Dan Plouffe
Ottawa Lions sprinter Denray Jean-Jacques placed eighth overall in the men’s 400 metres at the Commonwealth Youth Games track-and-field competition today in Isle of Man, Great Britain.
Jean-Jacques ran his best time in the first heat, 49.16 seconds, to reach the semi-final round, but the Immaculata High School student’s 50.33 clocking in the semis left him just short of the six-man final.
Lions middle distance runner Emma Galbraith of Franco Ouest high school is set to get in on the action when she competes in the women’s 800 m semi-finals, where she’d like to break two minutes, 10 seconds and earn a place in the final.
“Like any other athlete, I dream of achieving my personal best,” Galbraith says in her Commonwealth Games Canada bio, adding she looks forward to trading gear, learning about other cultures and soaking up everything related to international competition.
“I’m really looking forward to the Commonwealth Youth Games, it will be a great experience and I’m hoping this is only the beginning of my international athletic career,” Galbraith said.
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