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Marathoners named for 2017 IAAF World Championships

Athletics Canada named five marathoners today to the team that will compete at the 2017 IAAF World Championships August 4 to 13 in London, England. The women’s team is comprised of Rachel Hannah of Toronto, Tarah Korir of St. Clements, Ont., and Dayna Pidhoresky of Vancouver. The men’s team is Eric Gillis of Antigonish, N.S., and Thomas Toth of Peterborough, Ont. 

Carla Nicholls, IAAF World Championship Team Leader, “The marathon selection for this year’s World Championships provides a great opportunity for a new group of athletes to be introduced to this type of international experience. Having a great veteran like Eric Gillis on team will provide invaluable leadership as we set our sights down the road to the Tokyo 2020 Games.”

Krista DuChene, Lanni Marchant, Reid Coolsaet and Rob Watson all met the IAAF World Championship marathon standard but declined the invitation.

Dayna Pidhoresky recorded her qualifying mark in the very last event within the marathon qualifying window, achieving the standard in the Ottawa Marathon. Rachel Hannah is the 2015 Pan American Games marathon bronze medallist.

Eric Gillis added the exclamation point to what was Canada’s best Olympic performance since the 1932 Games finishing tenth in the Rio marathon. Toth won the 2016 Canadian Half Marathon Championships title.   

2017 IAAF World Championships – Marathon team

Name

Mark

Hometown

Coach

Club

Rachel Hannah

2:32:09

Toronto

David Korell

University of Toronto TFC

Tarah Korir

2:35:46

St. Clements, Ont

Wesley Korir

Unattached

Dayna Pidhoresky

2:36:08

Vancouver

Josh Seifarth

Unattached

         

Eric Gillis

2:12:29

Antigonish, N.S.

Dave Scott-Thomas

Speed River TFC

Thomas Toth

2:18:58

Peterborough, Ont

Zach Johnson

Unattached

The balance of Canada’s World Championships team will be decided at the Canadian Track and Field Championships / Worlds Selection Trials in Ottawa July 3 – 9. Forty-five (45) athletes have already recorded the necessary performance standard in their event. “The Selection Trials have become an important milestone, with depth across a wide breadth of events, many qualifying spots will be on the line in Ottawa,” said Glenroy Gilbert, Head Coach for the IAAF World Championships. “This need for performance on demand is helping drive success on the international stage.” 

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