Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Coolsaet Comes within Seconds of Canadian Marathon Record - Again

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Coolsaet Comes within Seconds of Canadian Marathon Record - Again

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Coolsaet misses Canadian record by seconds

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FUKUOKA, Japan - Reid Coolsaet came within seconds of breaking Canada's oldest national track and field record again on Sunday.

The 37-year-old from Hamilton ran two hours 10 minutes 55 seconds to finish sixth in the Fukuoka Marathon, narrowly missing Jerome Drayton's record of 2:10.09 set in 1975.

"Reflecting on the race I feel it was my best performance ever, given that I had no help setting a pace," Coolsaet said.

Coolsaet "felt great" right from the start, he said, but not good enough to run with the 2:09 pace group. So by two kilometres into the race, he was already running alone.

Coolsaet started catching and passing people around the 25-kilometre mark.

He ran into trouble 33 kilometres in, though, when his calves tightened up, and "every time I tried to push to get back on pace it hurt my calves more. …

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