TORONTO – Canada’s Eric Gillis finished fifth at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon.
The 36-year-old from Antigonish, N.S., crossed in two hours 13 minutes 42.6 seconds to win the Canadian men’s title.
Gillis was gunning for Jerome Drayton’s 41-year-old Canadian record of 2:10.09.
— Eric Gillis (@EricGillis42_2k) October 16, 2016
Kenya’s Philemon Rono was first in 2:08:25.4.
Krista DuChene of Brantford, Ont., who made he Olympic debut at the Rio Olympics eight weeks ago, won the women’s Canadian title. She finished fifth in the women’s race in 2:33:59.4.
Shure Demise of Ethiopia was first in 2:25.15.6.
In his sixth appearance in the race, Gillis was on record pace through about two thirds of the race, but fell back over the final 12 kilometres, which he ran alone.
Gillis was 10th at Rio.
That was Canada’s best Olympic finish since Drayton was sixth in 1976 in Montreal.
Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version had Gillis finishing fourth. He was fifth after the posting of the official times.