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Jerome Drayton's Canadian Marathon Record Lives To See Another Day

Reid Coolsaet Gives It A Scare By Going Out in 2:07 Pace Before Finishing in 2:10:55

By LetsRun.com
October 16, 2011

Jerome Drayton's 36-year old Canadian record of 2:10:09 in the men's marathon survived a major scare today at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon but lives to see another day.

32-year old Reid Coolsaet who ran 2:11:23 last year in Toronto went after Drayton's record but hit the wall a bit at the and ended up qualifying for the Canadian Olypmic team with a 2:10:55 showing. Coolsaet went out with the leaders and even led the race at various points. He hit halfway at 1:03:58 but by 30km, the pace had already started slow significantly as Coolsaet's split of 1:31:38 meant he was on 2:08:52 pace. Anyone who is a fan of the old age that the marathon's halfway point is the 20 mile mark probably was a bit worried at this point as one minute had already been given back in the record chase.

Coolsaet's slow fade continued to the finish as he ended up in third in 2:10:55 in a race that featured a thrilling finish up front for the win as Kenya's Kenneth Mungara edged Ethiopia's Shami Abdulahi Dawit at the line in a race where both were given the time of 2:09:51.  Canada's Eric Gillis finished 4th in 2:11:28 and was probably the happiest man in the race as he just dipped under Athletics Canada's 2:11:29 Olympic standard. Canada will send it's three fastest marathoners under 2:11:29 to London 2012 so unless two other guys run faster than Gillis and Coolsaet, they both will be going to London.

Former Providence Friar Dylan Wykes who ran 2:12:39 last December in Sacramento ran another strong marathon but ended up outside the Canadian standard in 6th in 2:12:57.

Partial results and messageboard links appear below. More results avaiable at the marathon's website.

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Finish
Men Overall

Place Time Tm Dif Numbe Fname Lname Cnt
===== ======= ======= ===== ============== ============== ===
1 2:09:51 1 KENNETH MUNGARA KEN
2 2:09:51 0:00 6 SHAMI ABDULAHI DAWIT ETH
3 2:10:55 1:04 9 REID COOLSAET CAN
4 2:11:28 0:33 10 ERIC GILLIS CAN
5 2:12:48 1:20 4 TADESSE ABRAHAM ERI
6 2:12:57 0:09 11 DYLAN WYKES CAN 30km Male Leaders - 30km Split

Place Split3 Tm Dif Numbe Fname Lname Cnt
===== ======= ======= ===== ============== ============== ===
1 1:31:37 2 NIXON MACHICHIM KEN
2 1:31:37 0:00 1 KENNETH MUNGARA KEN
3 1:31:38 0:01 6 SHAMI ABDULAHI DAWIT ETH
4 1:31:38 0:00 60 JOSEPH NGENY KEN
5 1:31:38 0:00 9 REID COOLSAET CAN
6 1:31:38 0:00 63 STEPHEN KIPCHU CHELIMO KEN
7 1:31:39 0:01 4 TADESSE ABRAHAM ERI
8 1:31:50 0:11 7 ROBERT MWANGI KEN
9 1:32:33 0:43 10 ERIC GILLIS CAN
10 1:32:33 0:00 11 DYLAN WYKES CAN 13.1 Split Male Leaders - 21.1km Split

Place Split2 Tm Dif Numbe Fname Lname Cnt
===== ======= ======= ===== ============== ============== ===
1 1:03:55 61 MACDONARD ONDARA KEN
2 1:03:57 0:02 60 JOSEPH NGENY KEN
3 1:03:57 0:00 7 ROBERT MWANGI KEN
4 1:03:57 0:00 63 STEPHEN KIPCHU CHELIMO KEN
5 1:03:57 0:00 6 SHAMI ABDULAHI DAWIT ETH
6 1:03:57 0:00 2 NIXON MACHICHIM KEN
7 1:03:57 0:00 1 KENNETH MUNGARA KEN
8 1:03:58 0:01 4 TADESSE ABRAHAM ERI
9 1:03:58 0:00 9 REID COOLSAET CAN

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