Kinsey Middleton Places Third at Canadian Marathon Championships
Kinsey Middleton raced in only her second full marathon on Sunday, October 20th, in Toronto, Canada, in attempts to defend her 2018 title. The Scotiabank sponsored race hosted not only Canada's National Marathon Championships, but the Olympic Trials for Canada in the marathon as well. She finished as third Canadian woman, 13th place overall, but fell short of the Olympic Games Qualifying time of 2:29:30. She may still have a chance to make the team if she is able to run that time or under prior to June 3, 2019. The top Canadian finisher, Dayna Pidhoresky, crossed the finish line in 2:29:03, and second place Canadian woman, was also shy of meeting the Olympic Qualifying time, finishing in 2:29:48.
The selection process for athletes to Canada's Olympic Team in the marathon is very different from the United States. Athletics Canada will nominate six athletes, three men and three women, who have met Olympic standard or find themselves in contention on the IAAF World Rankings list on June 3, 2020, for the marathon. The 2019 Canadian Marathon Champions will have priority and will automatically be nominated if they are on the IAAF lists and are eligible for nomination as outlined in Athletics Canada's Olympic Selection Criteria.
Kinsey posted the following on Instagram after her most recent marathon experience: "...I'm going to take some time to regroup, come up with a plan B, and focus on the future. The Olympic dream is not dead yet, we just have to pivot and keep on believing!"
IDP believes in you, Kinsey!