Lower Truro resident helps N.S. achieve its best medal standing
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Will Sandeson, a 19-year-old Lower Truro resident, helped Nova Scotia to a bronze medal in the men's 4x400m final at Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que. Sandeson, who ran the anchor leg, was Colchester's only medal winner at the Games.
TRURO - When Will Sandeson was trailing entering the home stretch of the men's 4x400m final at Canada Games in Sherbrooke, Que., he had the race just where he wanted it.
The 19-year-old Lower Truro resident had been in the same situation a few days earlier in the preliminary round, passing the third-place runner from Saskatchewan on the final stretch to nab the final podium spot for Nova Scotia, booking his team a spot in last Friday's A Division final.
So with all the marbles on the line, Sandeson turned on the jets and pulled off the same pass again, helping Nova Scotia to its best medal haul ever at the Games.
Nova Scotia finished fifth in the standings with 56 medals, including 16 gold, 18 silver and two bronze. Ontario collected 213 medals to top the list.
"It's pretty special," Sandeson, Colchester's only medal winner at the Games, said. "We knew we had a shot going in so it feels good to do what we thought we could."
Sandeson ran anchor for the team. He took the baton for the final leg in third place but was passed by the Saskatchewan runner on the backstretch. The same thing had happened in the preliminary round, so Sandeson didn't panic. He just put his head down and made the pass with about 50m to go.
"I was just in that situation a few days earlier so I was pretty comfortable," Sandeson said.
Nova Scotia's time was 3:14.40, helped by the fact that all four members of the team ran personal best times. Ontario won in 3:07.45, while British Columbia was second in 3:09.30.
"All the guys came running over after and it was pretty special," Sandeson said.
The Bluenosers' fastest runner, Justin Blades, started the event and gave Nova Scotia the lead after the opening lap, but both Ontario and British Columbia passed on the second circuit.
Sandeson said the team knew it had a shot at a medal based on the competition to make the team.
"There were six guys who had a legitimate shot of making it and that was the most competition there had ever been to make the team."
Then after finishing third in the preliminary round, Sandeson and his teammates had their sights set on the podium.
"We all were just motivated to run for each other," he said. "We were a really tight-knit group."
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