Canada’s Reid Coolsaet, who runs with Guelph’s Speed River Track and Field club, has qualified for the 2012 London Olympic marathon event at Sunday’s Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
With the help of a Kenyan pacer, Coolseat completed the 42.2 kilometer distance in a time of two hours, 11 minutes and 23 seconds, just barely beating the qualifying standard by 6 seconds.
Coolsaet’s teammate, Eric Gillis, was not so fortunate. Gillis missed the qualifying standard by 39 seconds.
Coolsaet finished the event in 10th place overall, Gillis in 11th overall.
Coolsaet’s run was the fastest marathon by a Canadian male in the past 24 years and the 5th fastest og all-time. Gillis’s time was the 8th fastest all time by a Canadian.
Results can be found here: http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/en/results.htm
UPDATE: Reid Coolsaet’s very entertaining report from the race can be read on his blog here.