2011 ScotiaBank Toronto Marathon: Kenneth Mungara 4-peats! , Coolsaet, Gillis Make Canadian Olympic Standard, by Larry Eder


Mungara-AbdulahiFV-Toronto11.JpgKenneth Mungara wins two steps over Shami Dawit, in 2:09:51, 2011 ScotiaBankToronto Marathon, photo by PhotoRun.net


Reid Coolsaet, third place, 2:10:55, 2011 ScotiaBank Toronto Marathon,
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Eric Gillis, fourth, 2:11.28, 2011 ScotiaBank Toronto Marathon,
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Gillis-CoolsaetFL-Toronto11.JpgReid Coolsaet, Eric Gillis both make Canadian Olympic team!
2011 ScotiaBank Toronto Marathon, 
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Yal_KorenFV-Toronto11.JpgKoren Yal, Ethiopia, 2:22:43, takes the 2011 ScotiaBank Toronto Marathon,
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Whitlock_Ed-Toronto11.JpgEd Whitlock, 80 years young, 3:15:01, 2011 ScotiaBank Toronto Marathon,
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Fauja Singh, 100 years young, 8:25:18, 2011 ScotiaBank Toronto Marathon,
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That Kenneth Mungara won the  2011 ScotiaBank Toronto Marathon for the fourth time, by two steps over Shami Dawit. In third place, Reid Coolsaet ran a fine 2:10:55, which was complicated by a fifteen second, at least, bathroom break, that he took at 25k.  This writer believes, a forty-six second difference, between Jerome Drayton's 2:10:09 Canadian record and Reid's time today, was due to that bathroom break. So, the oldest record in Canadian Track & Field, now in its thirty-fifth year, will continue.

Eric Gillis, in fourth place, charged under the Canadian Olympic qualifying standard of 2:11:29 by one second! One second! Look at him charging down the straight, focused on one thing, getting that standard. And with that second, Eric Gillis joins Reid Coolsaet on the Olympic team for Canada. They will be Olympians! Eric was thirty-third in the Beijing 10,000m final.

At the age of 80, Ed Whitlock not only finished the marathon, running 3:15:01, a time that runners half his age jealous!

And, in the record books, Fauja Singh, 100 years old, became the oldest finisher in a marathon, running 8:25:18.

To get the complete story on the 2011 ScotiaBank Toronto Marathon, please read the following story by Paul Gains:http://www.torontowaterfrontmarathon.com/en/news/2011_10_16.htm

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