Canada earned its first gold medal in the men’s 400 m race in style. Tyler Christopher style, to be exact.
"I was confident I was going to win. I had it in my head I was going to win," he said.
The confident Christopher set a Canadian record time of 45.67 seconds as he surged ahead in the last hundred meters to pass rivals Chris Brown and Johan Wissmann at the World Indoor Track and Field Championships in Valencia, Spain, on Sunday.
“Chris Brown and I have quite a battle history," Christopher said. "I win then he wins, and he has three on me so far. So it was about time to take him down."
Christopher, who had lost three-consecutive races to Brown prior to his golden run, is 5-5 lifetime in head-to-head competitons against his Bahamian rival, and holds a 3-2 advantage against Wissman, with his only loss this season coming against Wissman at the GE Galan in Stockholm earlier in February.
Canadians have captured the gold only seven previous times in the entire history of the indoor championships.
The last winner was Perdita Felicien, in the 2004 women’s 60-meter hurdles.
The Chilliwack, British Columbia native has now turned his focus ahead to this summer’s Olympic Games in Beijing, where he is a favorite to win.
He’ll face stiff competition from Brown, who is itching for a rematch after Sunday’s defeat.