ROTTERDAM, Netherlands — Canada’s Krista Duchene has rebounded from a broken leg in spectacular fashion, racing to third place in the Rotterdam Marathon.
The 38-year-old from Brantford, Ont., crossed in two hours 29 minutes 37 seconds, a time she hopes will secure her a spot on Canada’s track and field team for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Duchene, a mother of three, broke her femur broke just 500 metres from the finish line of the Canadian Half Marathon Championships last April.
Asami Kato of Japan won the women’s race in a personal best 2:26.30.
Ethiopian Abera Kuma won the men’s race, pulling away from the favourites as the pace slowed in the second half of the race after a fast start. Kuma said wind made the conditions tough toward the end of the race as he finished alone in 2:06.46 seconds. Mark Kiptoo of Kenya came second in 2:07.20 and his Kenyan teammate Bernard Koech was third in 2:08.02.
Reid Coolsaet of Hamilton, Ont., was seventh in 2:11.24 — third fastest of his career, and a time he also hopes will earn him a spot on Canada’s Olympic team.
Athletics Canada hasn’t announced its marathon qualifying standards for Rio.
The Canadian Press