you need to be objective when thinking about this. Gillis is a great guy, and yes he has done everything to maximize his chances to be selected. But the fact remains he would not be competitive even in the heats at the games.
He got destroyed by ryan mckenezie in the 5k over the last 600m - the results speak for themselves.
the time gillis ran over 5k, is not even fast enough to be in mix at the 5k split in the beijing heats.
Athletics Canada needs to justify the investment to the canadian olympic committee. the rules state that while the rising star option is available it is not guaranteed. The real question is, in 4 years will be able to make it through the heats? unfortunately the answer seems to be no.
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2008 Canadian Track & Field Championships
Championnats canadiens d'athlétisme 2008
Windsor,ON - 7/3/2008 to 7/6/2008
Event 12 Men 5000 Meter Run
Canadian: % 13:13.96 1998 Jeff Schiebler
Championship: ! 13:25.16 2000 Sean Kaley
U.W Stadium: $ 13:34.55 7/13/2007 Reid Coolsaet, Speed River
Name Year Team Finals Points
1 Mckenzie, Ryan Unattached-BCA 13:42.14
2 Gillis, Eric Speed River 13:55.65
3 Bruce, Matthew Toronto Olym 14:19.22
4 Macharia, Gitah Phoenix Athl 14:31.08
5 Nakluski, Derek Toronto Olym 14:33.42
6 Thorson, Cleve Speed River 14:34.84
7 Marial, Deng Windsor Legi 14:41.30
8 Dolmage, Jay Indépendant 15:00.79
9 Yohannes, Selam U. OF Toronto T.C 15:17.74