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Natasha Wodak smashes course document at Comox Valley Half Marathon

Vancouver’s Natasha Wodak set a brand new course document on Sunday on the Comox Valley Half Marathon in Courtenay, B.C., within the last costume rehearsal earlier than her final bid on the girls’s Olympic commonplace on April 28.

Wodak crossed the end line in 1:11:52 to interrupt the course document by greater than 5 minutes. She additionally completed almost two minutes forward of 2020 Olympic marathoner Dayna Pidhoresky, who crossed the road second in 1:13:49. Victoria’s Patricia Roney took third place in 1:20:02.

Wodak and Pidhoresky are each making ready to take one final shot on the Olympic commonplace on the 2024 Hamburg Hapsa Marathon on April 28. The window for Paris Olympic marathon qualifying closes simply days later, on Could 5.

Wodak has made a number of makes an attempt on the girls’s Olympic commonplace of two:26:50, however has come up simply quick on two events. Her most up-to-date try was on the 2024 Houston Marathon in January, the place she ran 2:28:42.

The 2-time Olympian shared on social media that she determined to run the Comox Valley Half Marathon to get in a tough effort at marathon tempo throughout her Hamburg build-up. Wodak holds a private greatest of two:23:12 for the gap, set on the 2022 Berlin Marathon, which additionally stands because the Canadian document.

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Natasha Wodak chats with media earlier than the 2024 Houston Marathon. Photograph: Kevin Morris

For Pidhoresky to make the Olympic workforce, she would wish to shave off a bit of her lifetime greatest of two:29:03 from almost 5 years in the past. In her most up-to-date marathon, Pidhoresky completed third in 2:35:50, behind Caroline Pomerleau and Anne-Marie Comeau, on the 2023 Canadian Marathon Championships final October.

With 5 weeks left in Paris Olympic qualifying for the marathon, Malindi Elmore of Kelowna, B.C., is the one girl to have solidified her spot on Crew Canada.

The 2024 Comox Valley Half Marathon noticed a document variety of entrants and finishers. For full outcomes, verify right here.



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