Trevor Hofbauer, of Calgary and Dayna Pidhoresky, of Vancouver, both qualified for the marathon event at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics. (Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Hofbauer, Pidhoresky qualify for marathon event at Tokyo 2020 Games

TORONTO — Calgary’s Trevor Hofbauer and Vancouver’s Dayna Pidhoresky are Tokyo bound.

The two qualified for the marathon event at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics after setting personal-best times at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday.

Hofbauer finished as the top Canadian and seventh overall with a time of 2:09:51, well under the 2:11:30 standard for men’s pre-selection. The 27-year-old won his second Canadian championship in three years.

“It’s everything I worked for over the last five years,” Hofbauer said. “I’m kind of speechless.”

Hofbauer shaved a whopping six minutes, 57 seconds from his personal-best time.

“I’m just happy I didn’t screw it up,” Hofbauer said. “I was giving high-fives down the finish line, so for anybody who has been bashing me for that, I left it out there today so you can’t take that away from me.”

This year’s race also served as the official Athletics Canada marathon trial.

When Hofbauer collected his thoughts after crossing the finish line, he first looked around for his father. Alex Hofbauer wasn’t hard to find as he was yelling from the top of his lungs that his son was the Canadian champion.

“I’m sure you guys picked that up,” the junior Hofbauer said with a smile.

Pidhoresky finished as the top Canadian woman and 10th female overall with a time of 2:29:03. That was 27 seconds under the mark needed to qualify for Tokyo.

“I feel like I’ve had this performance in me for years and I’m just in awe that it all came together when it counted the most,” she said.

Pidhoresky also shattered her previous personal-best time, lowering it by seven minutes, five seconds.

“I was starting to feel rough at 35 kilometres,” she said. “But I just told myself I have to make it to the line as the first Canadian.”

Originally from Windsor, Ont., Pidhoresky moved to Vancouver six years ago to train with her coach and husband, Josh Seifarth.

With an Olympic berth claimed, Pidhoresky won’t run in another marathon before Tokyo. Instead, she’s spend the rest of her time preparing for the Summer Games.

Kenya’s Philemon Rono won his third Toronto Waterfront Marathon in a course-record time of 2:05:00. He trailed Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia for much of the back-half of the 41.195-kilometre race before overtaking him in the final 700 metres.

“In the eighth kilometre when he (Lemi) ran away, I told myself to let me maintain (my pace), I’ll come,” Rono said.

Berhanu was second in 2:05:09 with Uganda’s Felix Chemonges taking third in 2:05:12.

Kenyan Magdelyne Masai won the women’s event in 2:22.16, a personal-best and course-record time. Biruktayit Eshetu of Ethiopia was second in 2:22:40 ahead of Kenya’s Betsy Saina (2:22:43).

Cam Levins, the top Canadian in last year’s race (national record time of 2:09:25) ran alongside Hofbauer until the 30-kilometre mark before fading and finishing third among Canadian men in 2:15:01.

Malindi Elmore withdrew from the race Friday due to a hamstring injury. The 39-year-old from Kelowna, B.C., was considered a favourite in the women’s field of Canadians looking to qualify.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

UPDATE: Seven-year-old dies and her mother and two brothers are injured in trailer fire

Fire started shortly after 1 a.m. and took four hours to put out

Racist videos targeting Maskwacis are under investigation

Video images of what appears to be teenagers issuing racist and sexist… Continue reading

Red Deer County residents decry lack of public consultation over ‘enormous’ river water withdrawals

Noise, light, diesel emission complaints were made to the Alberta Energy Regulator

Woman no longer co-accused in 2019 Red Deer murder

Preliminary hearing of co-accused in murder began on Friday and resumes next month

Red Deer Mayor says city council’s advocacy isn’t over with shelter and hospital funding gains

Additional Crown prosecutors are still at the top of Tara Veer’s list

Fashion Fridays: Tammy’s big makeover

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Feb. 19 A Liberation of Holland event is being held at the… Continue reading

Canadian-Indians worry for their families as riots break out in India

Naila Saeed could do nothing but worry from afar when rioters descended… Continue reading

Public health agency weighs stronger COVID-19 protection for front-line workers

OTTAWA — The Public Health Agency of Canada says it will consult… Continue reading

Ukraine pledges help for airline compensation for Iran plane crash victims

OTTAWA — Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada says his government will help Foreign… Continue reading

Saskatchewan premier won’t commit to fall election; cites national unrest

ESTEVAN, Sask. — Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe says rail blockades and the… Continue reading

Suspect charged with first-degree murder in death of 13-year-old Quebec girl

ST-JEROME, Que. — Friends and family of a teenage girl whose body… Continue reading

Tories call on government to compensate dairy farmers ‘left behind’ in new NAFTA

OTTAWA — The Conservative opposition says the government must compensate dairy farmers… Continue reading

Red Deer Construction Association honours local builders

5th annual Commercial Construction Awards took place on Thursday evening

Most Read