Reid Coolsaet was on Canadian record pace for much of the Fukuoka International Open Marathon Championship in Japan on Sunday. The 37-year-old Hamilton resident held on to run 2:10:55 after passing the halfway point in 1:05:03, pace that had him ahead of schedule relative to Jerome Drayton’s 2:10:09 record of 41 years.

Coolsaet now has three of the top-five marathons in Canadian history with his 2:10:55 on Sunday matching his 2011 time from Toronto. Only his 2015 Berlin Marathon of 2:10:28 is better, ranking him second all-time among Canadians. See select clips from Sunday’s race courtesy of Canadian Mary Richardson, who now resides in Fukuoka, located in southwestern Japan.

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Coolsaet’s official race splits (each 5K split in brackets)

5K: 15:21
10K: 30:51 (15:30)
15K: 46:13 (15:22)
20K: 1:01:38 (15:25)
21.1K (Half): 1:05:03
25K: 1:16:56 (15:18)
30K: 1:32:26 (15:30)
35K: 1:47:56 (15:30)
40K: 2:03:54 (15:58)
42.195K (Finish): 2:10:55 (7:01)

Top-10 Fukuoka International Marathon results

1. Yemane Tsegay (Ethiopia) – 2:08:48
2. Patrick Makau (Kenya) – 2:08:57
3. Yuki Kawauchi (Japan) – 2:09:11
4. Hayato Sonoda (Japan) – 2:10:40
5. Amanuel Mesel (Eritrea) – 2:10:48
6. Henryk Szost (Poland) – 2:10:53
7. Reid Coolsaet (Canada) – 2:10:55
8. Dmytro Baranovskyy (Ukraine) – 2:11:39
9. Yared Asmerom (Eritrea) – 2:11:57
10. Kazuhiro Maeda (Japan) – 2:12:19

Canada’s all-time marathon rankings (sub-2:11 performances)

Jerome Drayton – 2:10:09 (Fukuoka, December 1975)
Reid Coolsaet – 2:10:28 (Berlin, September 2015)
Dylan Wykes – 2:10:47 (Rotterdam, April 2012
Reid Coolsaet – 2:10:55 (Toronto Waterfront, October 2011)
Reid Coolsaet – 2:10:55 (Fukuoka, December 2016)
Peter Butler – 2:10:56 (California International, December 1985)


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