He wants to be the first Canadian in the Olympics since 2000.
The Canadian marathon record has been around for over three decades. At 36 years old, it was set by Jerome Drayton. This long-standing mark is evidence of Canada’s struggles to compete at the world stage in the marathon. In fact, Canada hasn’t even had a male marathoner in the Olympics since the 2000 Games in Sydney when Bruce Deacon was 44th.
One man wants to change all that. His name is Reid Coolsaet. Last September, he clocked 2:11:22 at the Toronto Marathon, becoming the fastest Canadian on home soil in the last 24 years. His time was also just 13 seconds shy of Drayton’s longstanding mark.
“My goal this year in the marathon will be to run under 2:10, which happens to also be Jerome Drayton’s record,” said Coolsaet. This week, he competes in the Canadian track and field championships. He will be running the 10,000m and 5,000m events.
“I would really just like to do the marathon and the reason why is I think I could be most competitive in the marathon at the Olympics,” he admitted. “If I were to qualify for the 5k or 10k, I wouldn’t be as competitive. The marathon really is my strength.”
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