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Andrea Seccafien smashes Canadian record, Olympic standard in L.A.

Andrea Seccafien smashed the Canadian record and ran well under the Olympic standard to win the 10,000 metres at the Sound Running Track Meet on Friday night. The 30-year-old from Guelph, Ont., ran 31 minutes 13.94 seconds to win by over seven seconds.

Guelph, Ont., runner posted a time of 31 minutes, 13.94 seconds in 10,000-metre race

Canadian Andrea Seccafien, shown at middle in this file photo, won the 10,000 metre race at the Sound Running Track Meet in Los Angeles, California by seven seconds, with a time of 31 minutes 13.94 seconds. (Cameron Spencer/Getty Images/File)

Andrea Seccafien smashed the Canadian record and ran well under the Olympic standard to win the 10,000 metres at the Sound Running Track Meet on Friday night.

The 30-year-old from Guelph, Ont., ran 31 minutes 13.94 seconds to win by over seven seconds.

Natasha Wodak set the previous national record of 31:41.59 in 2015.

The Olympic standard is 31:25.

Seccafien, a four-time Canadian champion over 5,000, lives and trains in Melbourne, Australia, and like numerous Canadian track and field athletes, travelled to the U.S. in recent weeks either in hopes of running the Olympic standard or fine-tuning before the Tokyo Games.

Seccafien also holds the Canadian half-marathon record.

Wodak ran the Olympic standard in the marathon in Arizona in December.

Gabriela DeBues-Stafford and Melissa Bishop-Nriagu were among the top Canadians competing at the Sound Running meet on Saturday.

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