Former Track and Field Letterwinner Hughes Sixth at IAAF World Championships

Matt Hughes clocked a personal best and Canadian national record of 8:11.64.

Matt Hughes clocked a personal best and Canadian national record of 8:11.64.

Aug 15, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Former University of Louisville track and field letterwinner Matt Hughes continued to position himself as the best steeplechase competitors in Canadian history.

On Thursday, Hughes raced to a sixth-place finish in a time of 8:11.64 and broke the 28-year-old Canadian record in the 3,000m steeplechase at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia.

The Canadian record previously was held by Graeme Fell, who clocked a time of 8:12.58 in 1985.

Hughes, who won consecutive collegiate national championships in the event at Louisville, maintained a solid pace against some of the top competitors in the world. The Oshawa, Ontario, native passed one runner in the final curve to move into his final position of sixth. Hughes was one of two Canadian representatives in the race.

He qualified for the final on Monday after placing second his heat with the second fastest time overall of 8:16.93.

Earlier this year in June, Hughes won the 3,000m Canadian steeplechase national title.

During his time at Louisville, Hughes won the 2010 and 2011 national titles in the 3,000m steeplechase. For his 2011 crown, Hughes set the stadium record in the event. He concluded his UofL career with three BIG EAST outdoor titles in addition to his All-America accolades.

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