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Athletics Canada names World Championships marathon team

The men's team will feature two of the three athletes from Canada's marathon team in Tokyo, while the women's team will have three women making their world championships debut

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On June 3, Athletics Canada announced the early selection of six athletes to Team Canada’s marathon team for the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Eugene, Ore.

The trio of Ben Preisner, Canadian half-marathon record holder Rory Linkletter, and Canadian marathon record holder Cam Levins will wear the red and white on the men’s side, while the women’s team will feature three women making their major championship debut.

The women’s team is led by Leslie Sexton, who won the 2021 Philadelphia Marathon in 2:28:34, Kinsey Middleton, who become the first Canadian female to win the Ottawa Marathon in 15 years, and Elissa Legault, who was second to Middleton in Ottawa in 2:33:27.

Kinsey Middleton celebrating her win at the 2022 Ottawa Marathon (2:30:09). Photo: Victah Sailer, PhotoRun

“We have a strong distance contingent and I think it shows a massive development in our National Team program,” said Team Canada Head Coach Glenroy Gilbert in a press release. “In the past, we’ve been speed-power dominant, and now you’re seeing a spreading out across event groups. The marathon, in particular, is deep – in the past, we were lucky to send one or two marathoners to Worlds.”

Cam Levins after winning Canadian Marathon Championships in 2018. Photo: Maxine Gravina.

The rest of the team will be selected later this month. The qualifying period for all events, excluding the marathon, runs until June 26, since the selection process will depend on results from Team Canada’s official selection trials: the Bell Canadian Track and Field Championship, in Langley, B.C. between June 24 and 26.