Kelowna’s Malindi Elmore named to Canada’s Olympic team – Kelowna News
Elmore becomes Olympian again
Seventeen years after her first Olympic appearance, Kelowna’s Malindi Elmore returns to the world’s biggest stage in a brand new event.
On Friday morning, Athletics Canada announced that Elmore will compete in the women’s marathon at the Tokyo Olympics.
“Dreams come true,” Elmore tweeted after the announcement.
“I can’t wait to join this stellar team as we face the Olympics this summer in Tokyo! Bring it on !!!”
Dreams come true?? https://t.co/W5icI35Z3p
– Malindi Elmore (@MalindiElmore) June 4, 2021
Elmore qualified for the team as the Canadian marathon record holder.
She smashed the record by finishing the Houston Marathon 16 months ago in 2:24:50, more than two minutes better than the previous Canadian record.
Even more impressive, it was just Elmore’s second time running a competitive marathon.
Despite calls to cancel the games again as COVID-19 rages in Japan, Elmore told Castanet earlier this week that she plans to attend if the games take place.
If the games go ahead, it will be Elmore’s second Olympics. She first represented Canada in the 1,500 meters at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece.
During the qualifying rounds, Elmore failed to advance to 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 is said to be one of the oldest statesmen on the Olympic track team.