Kelowna's Malindi Elmore has been named to Canada's Olympic team

Elmore an Olympian again

Seventeen years after her first Olympic appearance, Kelowna's Malindi Elmore is returning to the world's biggest stage in a brand new event.

Friday morning, Athletics Canada announced Elmore will compete in the women's marathon at the Tokyo Olympics.

"Dreams do come true," Elmore tweeted following the announcement.

"Can’t wait to join this stellar squad as we take on the Olympics this summer in Tokyo! Bring it on!!!"

Elmore qualified for the team as the Canadian record holder in the marathon.

She shattered the record, finishing the Houston marathon 16 months ago in a time of 2:24:50, more than two minutes better than the previous Canadian best.

Even more impressive, it was just the second time Elmore had run a competitive marathon.

Despite calls to cancel the games again as COVID-19 runs rampant in Japan, Elmore told Castanet earlier this week she plans to attend if the games go ahead.

If the games do go ahead it will be the second Olympics for Elmore. She first represented Canada in the 1,500 metre race at the 2004 games in Athens, Greece.

Through the qualification rounds, Elmore failed to advance past the quarter-finals that year.

She eventually retired from competitive running in 2012, and was inducted into the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame in 2017.

At 41, Elmore would be one of the elder statesmen of the Olympic track and field team.

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