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Jun 18 2018 - New Brunswick's Brace and LeBlanc shine at Desert Challenge Games

It was a hot weekend on and off the track in Tempe, Arizona for two of our para athletes Jacob LeBlanc of Moncton and James Brace of Intervale who competed at the Desert Challenge Games at Sun Angel Stadium. With temperatures rising to 47°C, both Jacob and James had very successful weekends in their respective events.

To boot: Jacob broke 5 provincial records in all five events that he partook in and also brings home some hardware with two bronze medals in the 200m and 1500m.

-In the 100m, Jacob broke James Brace’s previous record of 17.76 set in 2011 and set the new record of 16.97.

-In the 200m, he bested his own previous record of 30.69 set at last year’s Canada Summer Games in Winnipeg, setting the new record at 29.67 for a bronze medal performance.

-In the 400m, he dropped over three seconds off his previous record of 1:00.33, and set a new record of 57.22.

-In the 800m, Jacob had a very exciting race, competing in the final against USA’s Daniel Romanchuk who had just set the new World Record for that race in the preliminary rounds. Jacob finished 5th overall in that distance with a new provincial record of 1:56.69.

-Closing out the competition with a bang, in the 1500m Jacob picked up another bronze medal in an exciting race, setting yet another provincial record of 3:44.62.

James Brace also had an exciting competition, finishing 5th in the Javelin with a throw of 17.82, finishing 6th in the Discus with a throw of 17.10m, and finishing off the weekend on an extra high note, in the Shot Put he threw 7.45m to secure him a silver medal in that event.

“This was a great experience for both boys and ANB is very proud of all the successes these guys had in Arizona. We see a lot of potential in Jacob and James, and international events such as these are instrumental in their development as athletes. Jacob medalling twice in his first international competition and being one of the youngest athletes in his class is very exciting! I can’t wait to see what his future holds” says Athletics New Brunswick Executive Director Gabriel LeBlanc.

You can find all results to the competition here: http://www.wingfootfinish.com/result_details.cfm?ResultsID=609.

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