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Megan Metcalfe Headlines 2007 Mercedes Benz Mile Field
Press Release

*To see a video of Megan's Kip Keino Mile run victory click here

CAMBRIDGE, ONTARIO ----  June 5th, 2007---  The field for the elite women’s
race at the 2007 Mercedes-Benz Classic Mile is shaping up to be one of the
most competitive on Canadian soil.

Two time Canadian 5,000m champion Megan Metcalfe of Edmonton has confirmed
she will tackle the race in her buildup to the IAAF World Athletics
Championships in Osaka, Japan. With a best 1,500m time of 4:11.06 she is has
her eye on beating the 4:30 time and so claiming a brand new Mercedes Benz
car.

Metcalfe has begun her 2007 season with some fine performances including a
personal best 5,000m time of 15:15.73. On form she is expecting to represent
Canada at this summer’s IAAF World Athletics Championships in Osaka, Japan.

Lemlem Bereket who finished 3rd in last year ‘s Canadian Senior Championshps
800m final - a result that wasn’t entered into the record books as she is
still a citizen of Eritrea - will challenge Metcalfe. She is the fastest of
the entrants over 800m with a personal best of 2:04.37. The 19 year old has
also been focusing on beating the 4:30 standard in Cambridge.

Bereket represented her native country at the 2003 IAAF World Youth
Athletics Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec finishing 4th in the 1,500m
final. Once the event was over she asked for refugee status. Since then she
has been living in Montreal, completing her high school studies in English
and French, and preparing to become a Canadian citizen.

This year she switched coaches and is putting more emphasis on her distance
training which should translate into a fine performance over the full mile
distance.

The Mercedes-Benz Classic Mile is scheduled for Saturday June 16th, 2007 on
the crushed brick track at Galt Collegiate Institute, Cambridge.


*To see a video of Megan's Kip Keino Mile run victory click here


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