U of M Women - Sifuentes Rio Bound after Winning Canadian Silver

U of M Women - Sifuentes Rio Bound after Winning Canadian Silver

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What You Need to Know

» Nicole (Edwards) Sifuentes qualified for her second Olympic Games for Team Canada, earning Canadian silver at 1,500 meters.

» Running at Foote Field in Edmonton, Alberta, Sifuentes timed 4:18.65 to earn a podium finish at the Canadian Championships and Rio Selection Trials and seal her place in Rio later this summer.

• U-M at the Olympics

EDMONTON, Alberta -- Alumna Nicole Sifuentes (2005-08) qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics on Saturday (July 9), making Team Canada for the second time on the Olympic stage after her silver medal-winning performance at Foote Field.

Sifuentes timed 4:18.65 in the 1,500-meter race, running a smooth and controlled effort throughout.

She jumped out to an early lead, showing a willingness to pace the field with 72- and 71-second turns on the second and third laps. With around 500 meters to go, the field began to spread out more thinly, and Sifuentes remained out front, closing in 61.97 with a strong kick to hold off a host of hungry competitors closing fast.

Sifuentes was barely outpaced by eventual national champion Gabriela Stafford in the final meters, but she still accomplished her goal of earning the opportunity to represent Canada once more on the Olympic stage with the guidance of associate head coach Mike McGuire.

The opening ceremonies for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio are scheduled to begin Aug. 5, 2016.

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