Shawn Barber fails to defend pole vault world title
Consistency, which has plagued Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber throughout the season, was a problem again in Tuesday men's final at the track and field world championships.
The 23-year-old Toronto resident failed to defend his 2015 world title (5.90 metres) after missing all three attempts at 5.75 at London Stadium. Barber cleared 5.70 on Sunday to secure his spot in the final.
"I think I can be a little more crisp on the runway and more crisp with my jump," Barber told CBC Sports following Sunday's semifinals. "Hopefully the winds cooperate in a couple days. They were a little rough out there today."
He flirted with disaster on Tuesday, missing the first attempt at 5.50, 5.65 and 5.75 before rebounding on the second try at 5.50 and third and final attempt at 5.65.
A month ago, Barber's agent and co-coach Jeff Hartwig was confident greater success awaited Barber, whose personal best is 5.93.
Emmanuel through to 200m semifinals
Canadian-record holder Crystal Emmanuel of Toronto placed seventh among the 22 qualifiers for the women's 200-metre semifinal on Thursday (CBCSports.ca, 4:05 p.m. ET) by finishing second Tuesday in her heat in 22.87 seconds.
Emmanuel, 25, shattered Marita Payne-Wiggins' 34-year-old record in the 200 (22.62) last month in Ireland.
Earlier this week, she matched her personal best in the 100 (11.14) but finished fourth and didn't qualify for the final.
Emmanuel repeated as a double gold medallist at the Canadian championships in early July, clocking 11.20 and 22.55, respectively, in the 100 and 200 at Ottawa.
Defending champion Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands set the early standard in the 200 heats, jogging across the line and still winning in the best qualifying time of 22.63. Olympic champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica is not competing in the 200 this week.
Liz Gleadle 12th in javelin final
Two days after saying "anything can happen in a final," Vancouver's Liz Gleadle finished last in Tuesday's 12-women javelin final with a best throw of 60.12 metres after throwing 62.97 in Sunday's semifinals.
A poor third attempt measuring 58.36 wasn't enough to keep the 28-year-old in the top eight after three rounds to continue.
In July, Gleadle shone at London Stadium with a throw of 64.47 to threaten her Canadian women's record of 64.83, set May 10, 2015 in Kawasaki, Japan.
A two-time Olympian, Gleadle's best of 60.28 was good for 16th at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.