Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Gillis, DuChene Post 5th-Place Finishes at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Gillis, DuChene Post 5th-Place Finishes at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

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Gillis fifth at Toronto Waterfront Marathon

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TORONTO - The oldest record on Canada's track and field books -- Jerome Drayton's 41-year-old marathon mark -- is another day older.

Eight weeks after his 10th-place finish at the Rio Olympics, Eric Gillis believed he had a decent shot at Drayton's elusive mark. But the humidity, slick roads, and nagging knee pain played havoc with his morning, and the Canadian finished fifth at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, more than two minutes off record pace.

The 36-year-old from Antigonish, N.S., knew by the 25-kilometre mark it wouldn't be a record-breaking day.

"I couldn't open up my stride after I got a sore knee," Gillis. "I was focused on getting that sorted out, then it was more just a comfort thing, I wanted my knee to feel better. It never did.

"Then the last 10K, was thinking 'I'm not on pace for barely anything. And my knee hurts. I just want to get home.'

"But I'm glad I did this, it was a good learning experience," he added. "It's disappointing. Disappointing, but no regrets."

The 36-year-old from Antigonish, N.S., crossed in two hours 13 minutes 44 seconds to win the Canadian men's title. Drayton's record is 2:10.09. There was a bonus of $41,000 -- $1,000 for every year the record has stood -- for a record run.

Kenya's Philemon Rono was first in 2:08:27.

Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., who made her Olympic debut in Rio nine weeks ago, won the women's Canadian title, and finished fifth overall in 2:34.02. Rachel Hannah of Toronto was right behind her in sixth, while Dayna Pidhoresky of Tecumseh, Ont., was seventh.

"I really wanted this win, this was my year, with Rio and then deciding to do this," DuChene said. "I wanted a national championship again. I knew with the conditions, that there's no way fast times were going to happen, so it was all about being patient and using my marathon experience."

Shure Demise of Ethiopia won the gold in 2:25.18.

Gillis and DuChene took a risk running two marathons just two months apart. …

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