A record run, but one with heartbreak at the finish line

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Newfoundland’s Daniel Kelloway misses podium finish in 400 metres by just a hundredth of a second

A TSN camera is trained on Newfoundland and Labrador runner Daniel Kelloway (239) of Mount Pearl just before the male 400-metre final at the Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que., on Thursday. Kelloway finished the race tied for fourth with a provincial senior record time, but one that left him a hundredth of a second behind the third-place finisher. — Photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

By Kenn Oliver

The Telegram—Sherbrooke, Que.

Daniel Kelloway ran a personal best time of 48.01 seconds in the 400-metre A final at the Canada Summer Games Thursday, establishing a new provincial senior record in the process.

And while the 19-year Team Newfoundland and Labrador sprinter is happy to have completed his sweep of the province’s junior and senior sprint records this summer with that  time, the result was still bittersweet.

That’s because Kelloway, who finished in a tie for fourth place with Quebec’s Mathieu Sturkenboom, missed collecting the province’s second medal at these Games by a single one- hundredth of a second.

“It feels great to be able fit in with these different runners form Ontario and British Columbia, who train for this year-round with elite level coaches and facilities. To come from Newfoundland and be able to run just as well as them feels great,” Kelloway said.

“I’m happy with the time, but I wish I went that extra tiny bit farther. To be that close and not be on the podium is kind of hard.”

Carol Kelloway, his mother, said her son won’t admit it to anyone, but “internally, he’ll find this tough.

“He’s always been a goal-setter and in his mind, he should achieve whatever he sets out to do,” she said.

Team NL sprint coach Doug Halliday says his star pupil has nothing to be ashamed of, especially considering all he’s been able to accomplish this year and in this meet, which featured junior and senior champions, some of whom he bested on Thursday.

 “It’s a little hard when it’s so close, but he’s the type of guy who will bounce back,” said Halliday.

“This will light a fire under him to go after it even more.

“I’m very proud. It’s probably my proudest day as both a coach and an athlete”

Initially, the results board the University of Sherbrooke’s track and field Stadium showed Kelloway having finished alone in fourth, though his time was the same as the third-place finisher. Moments later it was updated to read 48.02 and placing him fifth.

When another track and field coach suggested to Halliday that the finish should be contested as a result of the unexpected change, Team NL head coach Becky Sjare went to the official results office seeking an explanation.

After a few minutes of reviewing the camera angles, it was determined that the third-place finisher from Ontario just got his torso across the line ahead of Daniel,

“They had two camera angles with Daniel and the runner from Quebec. One camera angle, based on the way they were positioned in trying to get over the line, one angle showed Daniel’s torso over the other angle showed the other runner,” Halliday said.

Still, the review was enough to confirm that Kelloway did in fact register a 48.01, finishing at exactly the same time as the Quebec runner, solidifying his fourth.

“I’ve seen a lot of races and overall, that’s the closest 400m I’ve ever seen in terms of one through five. To tie for fourth is amazing,” said Halliday.

“Guys don’t peak until their mid 20s in track and field, so he’s still got a long road ahead of him and he’s only just breaking the ice in terms of what he’s capable off. “

Kelloway, who anchored a winning men’s team in 4x100m B final on Thursday evening with teammates Anderson Traverse, Thomas Faour, and Gerard Power, still has the 200m B final today. It will be his last race of the season, and he’s intent on making it a good one.

“After today I kind of want to see if I can push it as hard as I can tomorrow for the best possible result and redeem myself,” he said.

Once he gets back home, Kelloway will take some time off before getting back to training this fall. Given he was able to shave a full two seconds off his time this season alone, it’s not unrealistic to think that he’ll be smashing his own record next summer.

“Knowing I can come fourth at a national event like the Canada Games motivates me and I know I can go to other national events like the Canadian championships next summer and have just as much success,” he said.

“With another winter of training,

I can definitely go a bit faster.”

koliver@thetelegram.com

Twitter@telykenn

Organizations: University of Sherbrooke, Canada Games

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario Canada British Columbia

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