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Canada’s Christopher Morales Williams Smashes World Indoor Record in 400 Metres at NCAA Championships

Ottawa, February 25, 2024, The Europe Today: Canada’s Christopher Morales Williams electrified the track at the NCAA’s Southeastern Conference championships on Saturday in Fayetteville, Arkansas, racing to a world indoor record in the 400 meters.

The 19-year-old University of Georgia sophomore clocked an astonishing time of 44.49 seconds, shattering the previous record of 44.57 set by American Kerron Clement in 2005 on the very same track. Morales Williams, hailing from Vaughan just north of Toronto, not only secured his place in history but also carved out a significant lead, trimming nearly a second off his previous best time set earlier in the month.

This extraordinary feat comes on the heels of Morales Williams overcoming the challenges posed by the pandemic, which led to the closure of schools and the suspension of high school track for two years. Undeterred, the resilient Canadian engaged in daily solo long-distance runs, honing his skills and maintaining his training routine, ultimately culminating in this historic achievement.

Choosing the University of Georgia for his collegiate journey, Morales Williams cited coach Caryl Smith Gilbert as a pivotal factor. Smith Gilbert, renowned for coaching Canadian sprinter and Olympic champion Andre De Grasse at USC, played a crucial role in guiding Morales Williams to this remarkable world indoor record.

The outstanding performance by Morales Williams is now pending World Athletics’ ratification process, a step that, once completed, will officially etch his name in the annals of world athletics history. His record-breaking run not only showcases his exceptional talent but also serves as an inspiration for aspiring athletes, emphasizing the resilience and dedication required to achieve greatness on the track.