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Athletics Canada selects eight athletes to represent Canada at 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

Posted 3 months ago

Athletics Canada named eight athletes today, four men and four women, to represent Canada at the 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships. The biyearly event will take place on March 24 in Valencia, Spain, known around the world as the City of Running.

Team Canada - 2018 IAAF World Half Marathon Championships 

Men

First name

Last name

Hometown

Club

Coach

Evan

Esselink

Guelph, Ont.

Speed River

Dave Scott-Thomas

Sami

Jibril

Toronto

Newmarket Huskies

Derek Hackshaw

Cameron

Levins

Comox, B.C.

Unattached BC

Eric Houle

Geoffry

Martinson

Oliver, B.C

Prairie Inn Harriers

Richard Lee

Women

Victoria

Coates

Hamilton, Ont.

Dundas Valley Track Club

Patrick MacKinnon

Sasha

Gollish

Toronto

University of Toronto Track Club

Ross Ristuccia

Kinsey

Middleton

Guelph, Ont.

Unattached BC

Travis Floeck

Emily

Setlack

Kingston, Ont.

Run Lab

Pat McDermott

Staff

First name

Last name

Hometown

Club

Role

Bruce

Deacon

Victoria

Prairie Inn Harriers

Head coach

John

Lofranco

Montreal

Athletisme Ville-Marie

Team manager

Kimen

Petersen

Vancouver

 

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  • anonymous Anonymous
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    Andrew Jones said 3 months ago

    Congrats to all qualifiers and coaches!

    Have a great trip and great race in Spain.

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    Anonymous said 3 months ago

    Does anyone know if Sasha Gollish is back with Ross/UTTC?

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    Morgantown said 3 months ago

    What about my guy Blair though....

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  • cowardnessthyname User since:
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    Cowardnessthyname said 3 months ago

    Any particular reason we aren't sending the maximum team size i.e. five men and women? I didn't realize teams weren't limited to 4 entries, then saw the US squad: http://www.usatf.org/News/USATF-announces-roster-for-IAAF-World-Half-and-NAC.aspx

    The results for 2016 show many squads also took the full five. I can understand if we didn't have enough athletes that met the qualification standard, but that was hardly a problem this year.

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    Anonymous said 3 months ago

    Top 3 score, #4 is an alternate

    Props to AC for sending largest team to date.

    USA sends 5 because they have more depth.

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    SteveWeiler said 3 months ago

    I'm not sure why AC restricted the team size, but will mention the team of 4+4 is what was listed in the selection criteria and so that's what we were expecting. I believe the progression of athletes AC entered in World Half has been 0, 1 (Watson, DNS), 6, and 8 for the four most recent editions, so we are at least moving in the right direction.
    Perhaps Lofranco will chime in as to whether the team size is dependent upon funding from domestic events such as Toronto and Ottawa marathons.

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  • kinrunner User since:
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    KinRunner said 3 months ago

    Quoting: SteveWeiler
    "I'm not sure why AC restricted the team size, but will mention the team of 4+4 is what was listed in the selection criteria and so that's what we were expecting. I believe the progression of athletes AC entered in World Half has been 0, 1 (Watson, DNS), 6, and 8 for the four most recent editions, so we are at least moving in the right direction.
    Perhaps Lofranco will chime in as to whether the team size is dependent upon funding from domestic events such as Toronto and Ottawa marathons."



    Steve, I believe it is due to the funding arrangement for this team! Waterfront, Ottawa and Calgary marathon crew are the ones helping fund this team. I would imagine that would have a lot to do with it as well!

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    Andrew Jones said 2 months ago

    CBC Sports Streaming
    CBC Television
    Times in EDT

    Sat Mar 24


    11:50 AM IAAF World Half Marathon Championships

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  • mjd User since:
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    MJD said 2 months ago

    Live now:

    http://www.cbc.ca/sports/olympics/trackandfield/iaaf-world-half-marathon-championships-1.4589674

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    CallhimHawking said 2 months ago

    Cam Levins's "back" baby ! Runs 1:02:15 !

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    Andrew Jones said 2 months ago

    27:16 for Kamworor between 10kms and 20kms. Incredible.

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    oldlegs said 2 months ago

    Levins ran simply great on windy course. 30th overall, and beat 4 of the 5 US guys too. Nice....

    Golish hung tough for 30th too, and ran a very solid- 1:11:52. She was 7 seconds out of 23rd place. Tight finish.

    And for all those guys criticizing the Robertson twins moving to Kenya, how about 22 year old Julian Wanders from Switzerland for 8th, who has spent the last 4 years in Kenya too.... Stunning.

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    MJD said 2 months ago

    I don't think anyone is criticizing them. They just don't like the fact that they can't sit around and discuss Proust when they aren't training.

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    MJD said 2 months ago

    Quoting: Andrew Jones
    "27:16 for Kamworor between 10kms and 20kms. Incredible."


    13:01 from 15-20. 16 and 17 in 5:05.

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    Oldster said 2 months ago

    Quoting: oldlegs
    "Levins ran simply great on windy course. 30th overall, and beat 4 of the 5 US guys too. Nice....

    Golish hung tough for 30th too, and ran a very solid- 1:11:52. She was 7 seconds out of 23rd place. Tight finish.

    And for all those guys criticizing the Robertson twins moving to Kenya, how about 22 year old Julian Wanders from Switzerland for 8th, who has spent the last 4 years in Kenya too.... Stunning."


    Indeed, great runs!

    But, I don't know who exactly "all of those guys criticizing the Robertsons for moving to Kenya" are. I said they were obvious morons, but I did not criticize them for having moved to Kenya. I think their decision to move to Kenya is fascinating, but I suspect they would have been morons wherever they went! Being a moron (at least in the sense of not being troubling by life's complexities) can be an advantage in elite sport. That's precisely one of my beefs about elite sport, which I nevertheless love!

    This post was edited by Oldster 2 months ago . 
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    WR for 5km Road? said 2 months ago

    Quoting: MJD
    "13:01 from 15-20. 16 and 17 in 5:05."


    Isn't the 5km World Record (road 5km) only 13:00? Is that 5km extremely fast (i.e download or massive tail wind) or do you think it's incorrect? I find it hard to believe a guy in a half marathon runs 1 second off the world record for a solo 5km.

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    MJD said 2 months ago

    Being a moron(not saying we have anywhere near enough evidence to say whether these guys are) can make life easier in a lot of endeavors. In my business, for example, if you don't know what you don't know and you are blissfully ignorant, you sleep much easier.

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    MJD said 2 months ago

    Quoting: WR for 5km Road?
    "Isn't the 5km World Record (road 5km) only 13:00? Is that 5km extremely fast (i.e download or massive tail wind) or do you think it's incorrect? I find it hard to believe a guy in a half marathon runs 1 second off the world record for a solo 5km."


    Powerful tailwind.

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    NatD said 2 months ago

    Saw this post from Bruce Deacon: “Sasha Gollish through 10k in 32:22. That was a 16:00 last 5k. Now in 18th. Kinsey Middleton in 34:41 in 51st.”

    Looks like Sasha really went for it!

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    Anonymous said 1 month ago

    Bit of a typo. Her 10K split was 33:22 (according to the IAAF site) so 17:00 for the second 5K, after an opening 16:23. Still, she did, as you suggested, really "go for it!"

    17 Ancuţa BOBOCEL ROMANIAROU 33:22
    18 Sasha GOLLISH CANADACAN 33:22
    19 Mao ICHIYAMA JAPANJPN 33:24

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    jlofranco said 1 month ago

    Quoting: KinRunner
    "Steve, I believe it is due to the funding arrangement for this team! Waterfront, Ottawa and Calgary marathon crew are the ones helping fund this team. I would imagine that would have a lot to do with it as well!"


    Can confirm. Huge thanks to these events, and especially John Halvorsen and Alan Brookes who were there supporting in person.

    Also, the results at the championship over the three prior events determines how much funding each country gets from the IAAF. So the better we do, the less it will cost. That's why the standards were set were they were (66/76) in order to ensure we were sending people who could potentially increase the quota over time. We need one more team score to potentially up our quota.

    Great bunch of people on the team. Some had good days, some didn't but certainly, the preparation and professionalism was there for all. Sasha did go for it. The last 6.1k of the men's race was insane. Cam is back, yeah. He is happy.

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