With strong runs in Saturday night’s Canadian 10 km Championships, Lanni Marchant of London, Ont., and Reid Coolsaet of Hamilton, Ont., each took home national titles at the Ottawa 10k. The warm and muggy conditions played a part in slowing down the finish times, but made for a true battle on the streets of Ottawa.
10km Canadian Championship – Women
Gold > Lanni Marchant – 33:25
Silver > Natasha Wodak – 33:50
Bronze > Rachel Hannah - 34:35
10km Canadian Championship – Men
Gold > Reid Coolsaet – 30:19
Silver > Kevin Friesen - 30:30
Bronze > Pier-Olivier Laflamme – 30:44
Lanni Marchant went out hard with the leaders and created an immediate gap on her Canadian competitors. “I was committed to going with the Kenyans from the gun, so that first 1 km was quick. I knew I was going to pay for it later in this heat,” said Marchant.
Marchant, who won bronze for Canada last summer at the Pan Am Games and represented Canada at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships, had specific goals for this race in Ottawa. “I had a race plan and I wanted to stick to it. At Worlds last year, my biggest regret was that I didn’t just put myself in the race and I wanted to do that here.”
Last year’s runner-up, Natasha Wodak of Vancouver, B.C., finished again in the silver medal spot, while Rachel Hannah of Toronto, Ont., took the bronze.
Despite experiencing injury setbacks in training, Reid Coolsaet was able to claim the men’s Canadian 10 km Championship. The win marked Coolsaet’s 14th Canadian title.
“It was fun; it was a lot of fun. I’m glad to be back out there racing, considering where I was in early May, I’m really happy where I am. I started easy running again at the end of April and have been slowly building back up,” said Coolsaet.
The 2012 Olympian enjoyed the support he received out on the course and at the finish. “The crowd was great and to come away with a Canadian title is amazing. I don’t take Canadian championships lightly,” said Coolsaet.
Kevin Friesen, Vancouver, B.C., crossed the line 11 seconds behind the winner in 30:30 for silver and Pier-Olivier Laflamme finished in the bronze medal position.
To watch the replay of the Canadian 10 km Championships visit AthleticsCanada.tv
Full race results from Ottawa Race Weekend can be found here: https://www.sportstats.ca/display-results.xhtml?raceid=29491&status=results