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Ben Flanagan and Leslie Sexton look to defend their titles at Canadian 10K Championships


The Canadian 10K Championships are again in Ottawa, after being held in Toronto final fall, the place we noticed Ben Flanagan of Kitchener, Ont., and Leslie Sexton of Markham, Ont. race to their first 10K street titles. Now, each athletes will get the possibility to defend their 2021 crowns on Saturday night on the banks of the Rideau Canal.

Leslie Sexton gained the 2021 Canadian 10K Championships in Toronto. Picture: Canada Operating Collection

Final 12 months, each Flanagan and Sexton had breakout seasons. Sexton ran private bests over 10K, 10,000m and 5K, accumulating two Canadian titles on the roads. She additionally ran a three-minute private finest to win the Philadelphia Marathon in November in 2:28:35. Flanagan collected a number of huge wins south of the border on the Manchester Street Race and Falmouth Street Race, ending his season with a 28:42 Canadian 10K Championships victory on Toronto’s lakeshore as his family and friends cheered.

Sexton has run the Ottawa 10K earlier than, however she doesn’t contemplate her end result a memorable efficiency. “I accomplished within the championship 10K in 2015, however a extreme blister held me again from contending,” Sexton says. “I’m glad to be again in Ottawa, and I’m trying ahead to defending my Canadian 10K title.”

Each Sexton and Flanagan will come into the 10K because the favourites, however will face robust competitors, with a number of of the rostrum finishers returning. Luc Bruchet, who solely completed a couple of seconds behind Flanagan in 2021, returns in implausible kind. Bruchet comes into the 10K championships recent off a private finest over the space at his hometown Vancouver Solar Run, the place he took the win in 28:29. A month earlier, Bruchet broke the 28-minute barrier over 10,000m on the observe on the Sound Operating Invite in California. The 31-year-old has made some noise this spring and will definitely be a risk to the rostrum.

Natasha Wodak gained the Canadian 10K Championships in 2019 once they had been final held in Ottawa. Picture: Victah Sailor/PhotoRun

Cleo Boyd and Natasha Wodak, who had been second and third to Sexton final fall, additionally return for one more shot on the title. Boyd’s private finest over 10K of 33:21 comes from her race final fall, however she has proven that she is in good kind this spring. She not too long ago gained the Aspire Wine 10K in March in Hoover, Ala., in 33:26, solely 5 seconds off her private finest. Wodak remains to be racing effectively, into her 40s. She was thirteenth total within the 2020 Olympic marathon and seventh on the NYC Half in March, ending solely 20 seconds off her private better of 69:41 on a hilly course. Though Wodak was disillusioned along with her efficiency on the 2022 Boston Marathon, she is raring to bounce again and return to the highest of the rostrum right here in Ottawa.

The brand new Canadian half-marathon document holder, Rory Linkletter, who clocked 1:01:08 on the Houston Half Marathon in January, is an addition to the 2022 elite discipline for the 10K. The 25-year-old from Calgary has proven he’s in 28-minute form, working 28:43 on the Cooper River Ridge Run 10K in April in Charleston, S.C. Linkletter has had a busy six months, shifting to a brand new coach and not too long ago signing with Puma Operating.

Canadian half-marathon document holder Rory Linkletter will make his debut on the Ottawa 10K

The forecast for Saturday night is sunny, round 21 C with 85 per cent humidity, circumstances that will assist the sphere problem the Canadian document of 28:17, held by Paul McCloy since 1987. “The purpose is to exit and shoot for Canadian document tempo,” Flanagan says. “I’ve heard the course is quick, and we now have an awesome discipline of males to push the tempo.”

The complete elite discipline for the Canadian 10K Championships could be discovered right here.

The winner of the 2022 Canadian 10K Championship will obtain $6,000 in prize cash. A $1,000 bonus might be given to the boys’s or ladies’s champion in the event that they break the Canadian 10K document.

The championship may even maintain its distinctive gender competitors. The ladies’s discipline might be given a slight head begin on the boys, and the primary girl or man to cross the end line will obtain a $1,000 bonus.

All of the motion will kick off from Ottawa on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Canadian Operating might be live-tweeting the ladies’s 10K race because it unfolds. Observe us on Twitter and Instagram for all of the Ottawa race weekend motion.



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