have definitely changed for me and they have been positive, Marchant said in an email from Scotland, where she lined up at the Commonwealth Games as a medal contender July 27 and finished fourth (2:31:14). to the attention was a bit strange for me, but knowing I have so much support behind me when I'm lining up is fantastic and helps motivate me. in many ways became the face of her event in Canada after she established a new Canadian record (2:28:00) at a race in Toronto last October, surpassing a mark set by Sylvia Ruegger back in 1985.
Marchant will be optimistic she have a chance to make the trip this time around.
Lanni Marchant continues marathon journey
Marchant said her experience at the Commonwealth Games was a positive one.
was very pleased with how I executed my race plan and how I ran overall, she said. course I wish I could have worked my way into the medals, but with my calf cramping I raced as strong as I could and have no regrets. We went out really conservatively, so I was really happy with my final time. year will be busy for runners in Canada, who have the 2015 Pan Am Games to look forward at home as well as the final World Championships in China before the 2016 Olympics in Brazil. Athletics Canada has not announced 2016 standards yet, but Nike Air Force 1 Low Snakeskin
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Caroline Kilel (2:27:10) took gold and silver.
and set a new Canadian record, Marchant turned in a strong showing at the 2014 Boston Marathon, running 2:30:34 and finishing as the fastest Canadian woman.
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extra attention has been a bit of an adjustment and I definitely feel some more pressure lining up to race at times, but it is definitely worth it when I finish and get to see all the messages of congrats and support. was close to the podium in Glasgow despite battling a late leg cramp. Australian Jess Trengove (who finished third in 2:30:12) passed her in the final third of the race. Kenyans Flomena Cheyech Daniel (2:26:45) and White Nike Air Force 1 High
Nearly a year after her record breaking race in Toronto, London native Lanni Marchant is embracing life as the country preeminent female marathoner.
Prior to that, Marchant a criminal lawyer by day who practices in the US was working hard in relative anonymity to reach Athletics Canada 2012 Olympic marathon standard of 2:29:55. Marchant even put some of her law skills into play after she and fellow marathoner Krista Duchene hit the slower IOC standard. Both runners petitioned Athletics Canada in 2012 to allow them to compete at the Olympics in London, England, but were unsuccessful.
Heading into the Commonwealth Games, her first marathon inside a multisport event, Marchant was labeled a medal contender and Canadians began to pick up on her story.
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