Andrea Seccafien smashes Canadian record, Olympic standard in L.A.
Guelph, Ont., runner posted a time of 31 minutes, 13.94 seconds in 10,000-metre race
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.
Pardon my shaking hands and screeching voice but <a href="https://twitter.com/aseccafien?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@aseccafien</a> just ran the GUTSIEST race I’ve ever witnessed to run 31:13 for a new Canadian record and Olympic standard!!! <a href="https://twitter.com/sound_running?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@sound_running</a> <a href="https://t.co/0V3z362Ext">pic.twitter.com/0V3z362Ext</a>—@K8VBeast
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.