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Malindi Elmore: Third Time Still a Charm

Seventeen years after making her Olympic debut in Athens, the Kelowna, B.C. native will be competing in her second Olympics this summer.

Rarely does an athlete rise to the level of Olympian and then successfully transition to a parallel sport. Malindi Elmore, thanks to her phenomenal Canadian-record-breaking performance at the 2020 Chevron Houston Marathon, has clearly embarked on what amounts to her third athletic career.

After withdrawing from the 2019 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon (STWM) due to injury, Elmore ran Houston 12 weeks later, shaving more than two minutes off Rachel Cliff’s record with a stellar 2:24:50 clocking. It was only her second serious marathon, the first one also at Houston the previous year, when she ran 2:32:15 for seventh place. Though she ran conservatively in her record performance, she still finished third, interrupting a podium sweep by a trio of world-class Ethiopian runners. The winner, Askale Merachi, ran 2:23:29, while Elmore finished just three seconds behind Bruktayit Eshetu in second, who had won Houston the previous two years in a row. (Eshetu also finished second in Toronto in 2019.)

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