No other Canadian woman has run faster than Lanni Marchant at the New York City Marathon.
The national record holder over the distance finished seventh on Sunday at the TCS New York City Marathon. Marchant, 32, ran 2:33:50 to finish seventh in her New York City Marathon debut. The previous best by a Canadian is believed to be Odette Lapierre’s 2:35:33 in 1986. Lapierre finished sixth that year on the challenging point-to-point course that begins at Staten Island and finishes in Central Park.
She was the second North American behind American Molly Huddle, who placed third in her marathon debut.
New York City Marathon historical stats, per Frank Stebner
Fastest Canadian women’s time at the New York City Marathon
– Lanni Marchant: 2:33:50, 2016 (7th)
– Odette Lapierre: 2:35:33, 1986 (6th)
Other notable top-10 Canadian women’s performances
– Lizanne Bussieres: 2:37:34, 1984 (4th)
– Jacqueline Gareau: 2:38:31, 1985 (9th)
– Jacqueline Gareau: 2:39:06, 1979 (3rd)
– Gayle Olinek: 2:41:32, 1980 (9th)
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Marchant, who has a lifetime best of 2:28, went through the halfway point of the race in 1:15:26. Marchant was not in the top-10 at the halfway point as she moved through the field and began to pick off runners. Kenya’s Mary Keitany won the overall women’s race, her third consecutive NYC title, 2:24:26.
Top-seven New York City Marathon results
Marchant, a native of London, Ont., represented Canada at the 2016 Rio Olympics in both the marathon and the 10,000m. She said that New York City was on her bucket list and was confident in her training despite competing at the world’s highest level less than three months ago. Marchant was not selected for funding by Athletics Canada for 2017. She made US$7,500 thanks to her seventh-place finish in NYC.
Marilyn Arsenault, another Canadian in the women’s elite field, finished in 2:54:19. She’s the Canadian record holder for women 45-49 in the marathon, having run 2:40 at the 2013 Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Olympic triathlon champion Gwen Jorgensen finished her debut marathon in 2:41:01 in New York City on Sunday.
On the men’s side, Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie won in 2:07:51. The 20-year-old became the youngest winner of the New York City Marathon. Ghebreslassie, no relation to Ethiopian great Haile Gebrselassie, won the marathon at the 2015 IAAF World Championships.
Top-seven men’s results
Ghebreslassie, who turns 21 next week, finished fourth in the men’s marathon at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The two NYC winners receive US$100,000 for their efforts on Sunday as they topped the field at the world’s largest marathon.
Rob Watson, the only Canadian in the men’s elite field, finished in 2:36:48. He was hoping for a sub-2:20 performance but faded in the latter half of the race. He split 1:10:20 through the half-marathon.