Despite 2018 being what’s known as a down year in running, Canadians had one of the best years yet. We saw multiple breakthroughs, records set, and identified stars on the rise. With 2019 only six days away, we’ve rounded up what we consider to be the top 10 individual Canadian performances from 2018.
Canadian women had an amazing day in Berlin, but Tessier’s performances stood out. The teacher ran a huge personal best and also set a new Canadian W40 record.
Lakatos took his first marathon win in Berlin. Lakatos has competed at four Paralympics and five IPC World Championships.
In her 2018 race season Standrick achieved six course records, seven female wins, and two overall wins. In 2018 she won overall and set course records at the Lost Lake 50K, Light at the end of the Tunnel 42.2K, Wandering Moose 42K, and the Valley Vertikiller 25K.
— NCAA Track & Field (@NCAATrackField) June 7, 2018
Flanagan changed his life when he won the NCAA 10,000m this past June. The Michigan student came from behind to take the race in an extremely exciting final 100m. Flanagan overtook Vincent Kiprop of Alabama for the win.
The grade 12 student from Aurora, Ont. became only the second woman in history to win four OFSAA cross-country titles and the first to win four consecutive titles.
An epic battle right to the very last stride. @Moh_Speed collects his second silver medal of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games in a thrilling finish to the Men's 10,000m! 👀 #GC2018 #GoldCoast2018 #GoldCoastGoldRush pic.twitter.com/WRbX9rtuB4
— DAZN Canada (@DAZN_CA) April 13, 2018
Ahmed finished second in the 5,000m and followed that up with another silver in the 10,000m at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
Damian Warner broke his own Canadian record this summer at Gotiz. Warner’s previous Canadian record was 8,695 that he set in Beijing at the 2015 World Championships. He eclipsed his previous record in his performance in May where he scored 8,028.
Cliff, who’s the Canadian half-marathon record holder, ran her marathon debut in Berlin only 53 seconds off of the current Canadian marathon record held by Lanni Marchant.
— Athletics Canada (@AthleticsCanada) July 20, 2018
McBride of Windsor, Ont. broke Gary Reed’s 10 year-old Canadian 800m record at the Monaco Diamond League. McBride’s new record is 1:43.20.
Levins broke Jerome Drayton’s 43 year-old Canadian record at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon this October. The track-turned-road runner ran a 2:09:22, breaking Dayton’s record by nearly one minute.