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Winnipegger Victoria Tachinski sprints past Canadian records

A 16-year-old Vincent Massey high school student ran the fastest ever time by a female Canadian youth at the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville on Saturday.

16-year-old high school student ran fastest time ever by a Canadian girl at race in Nashville

Victoria Tachinski talks with CBC's Janet Stewart about setting a Canadian Under 18 record in the women's 800 metres

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A Grade 11 track athlete from Vincent Massey Collegiate had quite the weekend. 16-year-old Victoria Tachinski set a Canadian Under 18 record in the women's 800 metres. She came from the middle of the pack and managed to out last her competitors, many of whom were college and pro athletes. 1:49

Winnipeg teenĀ Victoria Tachinski is outpacing the competition in Canada and the U.S..Ā 

The 16-year-old Vincent Massey Collegiate student ran the fastest ever time by a female Canadian youth at the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville on Saturday.
Winnipeg's Victoria Tachinski is outrunning the competition in Canada and the U.S., even when the field includes college and professional sprinters. (Victoria Tachinski/Instagram)

She won the women's 800 metre in 2:03.56,Ā beating out professionals, college students andĀ past-Olympians.

"I knew all of their times before the race. I was like, 'Wow, these girls are fast,'" Tachinski said. "I had no idea that I could compete with them."

TachinskiĀ alsoĀ defeatedĀ her own personal best by 3.3 secondsĀ and setĀ a new Canadian youth record.

The previous record was set in Ā 2010Ā by Winnipeg-born Carly Paracholski at 2:05.99.

Tachinski already held Canadian indoor records for the 300 metre, 400 metre and 600 metre distances for runners under the age of 18.

Rougher race

The 400 metre isĀ Tachinski'sĀ favourite distanceĀ andĀ takes about one minute to completeĀ for someone at her level. An 800 metre takes twice as long andĀ runners are also allowed to switch lanes freely.

I feel strong, I feel confident and I feel like I am the person who IĀ trulyĀ am when I am on the track.-Ā Victoria Tachinski

"The 400, you have the safety of your own lane. Unlike an 800; everyone goes down to lane one," she said. "You're all together, you're all pushing each other and there is contact in races."

One of the motivatingĀ forces propelling Tachinski to the finish line in Nashville was the hope of making Canada's junior team, which is heading to Poland for the International Association of Athletics Federations' U20Ā Championships this summer.

"The field of athletes was amazing, and there was so many talented runnersĀ and they kind of pulled me along through the race," TachinskiĀ said, adding she hasn't officially received news of whether she secured a spot on the team yet, but she's pretty confident about her odds.

Either way, the Grade 11 studentĀ is already fielding calls "from a lot of universities" and hopes to continue the next leg of her racing career with a school that will help her grow as a runner.

"I've wanted to be a runner since I was fiveĀ yearsĀ old. For me, being on the track is like no other thing. I am so passionate about it [that] when I am on the track I feel like a brand new person. I feel strong, I feel confident and I feel like I am the person who I truly am when I am on the track."

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