Canadians Coolsaet and DuChene run Olympic qualifiers at Rotterdam Marathon

Krista DuChene en route to a third place finish at the Rotterdam Marathon. Photo: David Hiddleston
Krista DuChene en route to a third place finish at the Rotterdam Marathon. Photo: David Hiddleston

Top Canadian marathoners Reid Coolsaet and Krista DuChene both headed to the Netherlands in search of what could be an Olympic qualifying time, as well as a shot a Canadian record.

Exactly one year ago, Krista DuChene broke her femur running a half-marathon in Montreal. On Sunday in Rotterdam, she flirted with the Canadian record, and finished with her second fastest ever marathon time in 2:29:37. Although the 2016 Rio Olympic qualifying times have yet to be formally announced, the women’s time has historically been 2:29:55. This will be DuChene’s first Olympics.

Coolsaet also came to the pancake flat Rotterdam course in the hunt for the Canadian record (2:10:09). He ended up with a strong seventh place finish in a tough field, finishing in 2:11:23. In previous years, the Canadian Olympic standard for the men’s marathon has been 2:11:29.