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Canadian Marathon Record holder -- malindi Elmore heading back to olympics

Malindi Elmore was one of the fastest ever Canadian women at the 1,500m distance and competed for Canada at the 2004 Olympics, 2006 Commonwealth Games and the 2011 Pan Am Games. She ‘retired’ from professional running on the track in 2012 at the age of 32 but now at 39 years of age — and a mom of two young boys — has returned to road running ‘for fun’ and a re-invented marathon runner.

Canadian Marathon Record Holder

On January 19th, 2020 Malindi shattered the Canadian women's marathon record by over two minutes in a time of 2:24:50 and all but booking her ticket to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Competing in Tokyo will make it 17 years between appearances for the 41 yr-old mother of two young boys.

There were signs of her progress as a marathoner, in 2019, Elmore ran her debut marathon in Houston, Texas with an impressive time of 2:32, won the Canadian half-marathon championships and smashed the course record at Vancouver’s Eastside 10k in 32:44.

Qualifying for Tokyo 2021

The women's Olympic marathon standard is 2:29.30.  Elmore, whose Canadian record of 2:24:50 is well under that mark, and was nominated to the Canadian Olympic team with two other Canadian women to make up one of the strongest group of runners Canada has ever fielded. The Tokyo 2020 Marathon will take place early in the morning of August 7th in Sapporo,  where the temperature is expected to be cooler than Tokyo but still a major factor in the race.


Tokyo 2020 Marathon & Canadian Martathon Record Holder

Career Highlights

  • 2021 Canadian National Team Trials 10,000m - 1st Place
  • 2020 Houston Marathon - 3rd Place 2:24:50 (New Canadian Record)
  • 2019 Eastside 10k - 1st Place (Course Record)
  • 2019 Houston Marathon - 7th Place 2:32.15 (Marathon Debut)
  • 2019 Winnipeg Half Marathon - 1st Place
  • 2019 Shamrock Run 8 km  26:20 - 1st Place
  • 2019 Vancouver Sun Run 10 km 32:59 -3rd Place
  • 2019 Times Colonist 10 km 32:58 - 2nd Place
  • 2019 Canadian Champs 10 km 32:57 - 2nd Place                                      
  • 2019 Canadian Half Marathon Championships 1:11:06 - 1st Place
  • 2018 San Diego Holiday Half Marathon 1:12:49 (1st)
  • 2016 Ironman Arizona Triathlon - 3rd Place 8:57:22 (Ironman Debut)
  • 2004 Olympic Games - 1,500m
  • 6 x Canadian Champion - track & field
  • Former Stanford University record holder
  • 6 x All American
  • Bronze medalist: World Cross Country (team)
  • Personal bests of 2:02 (800m), 4:02 (1500m), 8:51 (3000m), 15:12 (5000m), 32.48 (road 10 km), 1:11 (half marathon) and 2:24:50 (marathon)


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