Saturday, July 21, 2012

Oh Canada: Olympic Team in Pursuit of Jerome Drayton's Record

Jerome Drayton winning
 the Fukuoka Marathon in 1975.

Here CBC's Scott Russell talks about the optimistic hopes for Canada's marathon runners heading into the Summer Olympics in London, England and their pursuit of Jerome Drayton's Canadian marathon record of 2:10:09 set while winning the famous Fukuoka marathon in Japan back in 1975. Drayton was also the winner of the 1977 Boston Marathon. This video shows some training in Kenya and a rare interview with the enigmatic Jerome Drayton.

Here is an old video showing Drayton winning in Boston in 1977.

Here is an interesting article outlining how brain science might help Reid Coolsaet achieve greatness in the marathon. It highlights his run in the 2011 Scotia Bank Marathon where he decided to go with the Kenyan leaders and ended up third in 2:10:55 on a windy day. Eric Gillis also qualified in this race for the Canadian Olympic team beating the qualifying time by 0.7 seconds with a 2:11:28 run. Earlier this year Dylan Wykes ran 2:10:47 to beat Coolsaet's time as the 2nd fastest Canadian ever to become the third member of the Canadian team, the first time Canada has sent a marathon team since the 2000 Olympics.

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