Athletics Canada has denied an appeal to name Lanni Marchant and Krista DuChene to the Olympic marathon team.
Marchant and DuChene both ran the Rotterdam Marathon in April. Marchant finished in 2:31:50, while DuChene finished in 2:32:06. Both women met the IAAF qualifying standard of 2:37:00, but failed to make the Canadian A standard of 2:29:55.
Marchant and DuChene petitioned Athletics Canada to be named to the team under a “rising star” provision. AC denied the petition in May, and the women filed an appeal.
That appeal has also been denied, according to DuChene.
“I think it’s safe to say, on behalf of Lanni and I, that we were disappointed but not entirely surprised,” DuChene told Canadian Running.
“One final step we can take is dispute resolution through the SDRCC – Sport Dispute Resolution Centre for Canada.”
The women have not yet finalized whether or not they will take that step, but are planning to discuss it this coming weekend. The women are heading to Vancouver to run the Scotiabank Vancouver Half Marathon on Sunday, June 24.
“Lanni and I are racing and rooming together in Vancouver this weekend so we will discuss and finalize our plan,” DuChene said.