Kelowna’s Malindi Elmore achieves Paris Olympics standard, sets personal best at Berlin Marathon

Elmore looks to Olympics

UPDATE: 1 p.m.

Elmore tells Castanet she was very happy with Sunday's race.

"(I) executed it perfectly with nearly identical splits (1:11:50 / 1:11:40) for my two halves," she says. "I stayed patient and relaxed and then did my best in the last 10 km to run people down."

Her time in Berlin means Elmore qualifies for the 2024 Olympics and can be selected once Athletics Canada nominates the team. There are three spots available. The result puts her in a good position to be selected.

"To run an Olympic qualifier and a personal best today meant a lot to me, especially since my dad was there on his birthday too! I loved running through Berlin as the crowds and cheers were amazing, " said Elmore.

ORIGINAL: 12:30 p.m.

Malindi Elmore is really hitting her stride as the 2024 Paris Olympics approaches.

The 43-year-old runner from Kelowna set a personal best time of 2:23:30 at the Berlin Marathon Sunday to finish in 13th place in the women's category. She took 80 seconds off her previous best and now has the second fastest marathon time by a Canadian woman, just behind Natasha Wodak, who posted a 2:23:12 in Berlin last year.

Elmore also came in well under the standard set for the Paris games, which is a time of 2:26:50 or lower. She was the fastest runner from North America and easily won the Masters division.

It was a very fast race. Women’s winner Tigst Assefa of Ethiopia set a blistering pace and a new world record of 2:11:53.

It’s been a busy few months for Elmore. Her family had to evacuate their home in August due to the wildfire in the McKinley/Clifton area.

They were staying with family on Vancouver Island but could see what was happening through their home’s webcams.

Elmore told CTV Vancouver Island that they watched as firefighters from the Central Saanich Fire Department saved Elmore’s home and those of her neighbours. Elmore and her family later visited the Vancouver Island firehall to thank the firefighters for their efforts.

In an Instagram post after her race in Berlin Elmore wrote, “Super pleased with todays run - felt all the love and cheers!”

Her impressive performance comes with just over 300 days until the Paris Olympics, which begin July 26, 2024.

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