2011 Toronto marathon results

2011 TORONTO MARATHON RESULTS

So what is the most compelling storyline of this year’s 2011 Toronto marathon results?

It could be that Kenyan Kenneth Mungara is once again entered and will be after his fourth win in a row in the Toronto race.

Or perhaps the speculation that the fastest marathon time ever run in Canada will be surpassed yet again. Last year Mungara covered the distance in 2:07:58 to set the new standard.

Possibly the fact that fellow Kenyan Nixon Machichim is in great shape and will be trying for the win as well deserves top billing. In 2010 Nixon was 4th in a time of 2:08:22.

Can Canadians Eric Gillis or Dylan Wykes make the Canadian Olympic team and represent the country in London in 2012? Currently Reid Coolsaet with his time of 2:11:23 run last year leads the way. It will be interesting to see who fares the best in the 2011 Toronto marathon results.

Or will it be relatively new marathoner Rob Watson who will surprise everyone? He claims to have not had his best day when he went in 2:16:17 in Houston earlier this year in his attempt at the marathon distance.

On the women’s side the two Ethiopian stars, Mare Dibaba and Koren Jelela Yal will want to post great times in the 2011 Toronto marathon results in order to make their own Olympic team. Both are quite capable of running sub 2:25:00 marathons.

2011 Toronto marathon results

Kenneth Mungara


They will all be trying to better the Canadian Marathon record of 2:22:42 set by Kenyan Sharon Cherop in last years race.

These are all great stories and will make for a very exciting marathon, but perhaps Fauja Singh is the most amazing story of all.

Fauja of Great Britain will be attempting to make it into the Guinness Book of World Records by being the first 100-year-old to finish a marathon.

Simply amazing!

His nickname is the “Turbaned Tornado” and currently he holds about 8 world records in various sprint distances and the marathon in the 90 plus age-group.

Fauja is no stranger to marathons and this will be his 8th attempt at the distance. He claims that he does not eat all that much but enjoys ginger curry and runs 12-14k a day in training.

So what I would like to know is, “where does one get their hands on that curry recipe?”

The day of racing at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon also includes a half-marathon and 5k event and all three are sold out with the marathon being capped at 5000 starters.

RACE DAY

The conditions are great for a marathon and it shows by the 10k split. The lead group of 10 men have gone though in 30:13-30:16. That is on pace for a new Canadian record. However there is a long way to go before the top finishers in the 2011 Toronto marathon results will be known.

Canadian Eric Gillis has gone through in 30:50 and is after an Olympic qualifying time today. Jerome Drayton has held the record for the fastest marathon by a Canadian for many years now with a time of 2:10:09, but now Canada has some excellent marathoners who could challenge that record.

Two women are leading the way as they pass the 10k mark in 32:31. Last year the first women went through in 33:56. This is a torrid pace and is on course for a new Canadian record.
2011 Toronto marathon results
It should be noted that there is $150,000 in prize money up for grabs as well as a bonus for a new course record so there is plenty of incentive.

HALFWAY MARK IN THE MARATHON:

The group of men leading the race is down to 7 at the half-way mark.

It includes Kenneth Mungara who is going for his fourth win and Canadian Reid Coolsaet who is having an incredible race.

Eric Gillis has fallen back to 9th place and crossed the halfway point at 1:04:53.

At 30k Reid Coolsaet continues to hang on with the leaders. There is still a group of 8 with Kenneth Mungara and Nixon Machichim leading the way in 1:31:35. Machichim was fourth in this race last year just behind the leaders with a time of 2:08:22.

Simply Amazing!

At 35K Reid Coolsaet is neck and neck with Kenneth Mungara for the lead.

At 40k Kenneth Mungara and Shami Abdulahi Dawit have pulled away from Reid Coolsaet with Mungara holding a 3 second lead.

Kenneth Mungara takes top spot in the 2011 Toronto marathon results with a time of 2:09:49(chip time)although he was virtually tied with Shami Abdulahi Dawit with a tape finish time of 2:09:51.

Reid Coolsaet misses the Canadian marathon all time best set by Jerome Drayton.

However he has a great race and his 2:10:55 finish time is well within the Canadian Olympic qualifying standard and Reid is well on his was to representing Canada in the 2011 London Olympics.

Eric Gillis also has a good day and is fourth overall with a time of 2:11:28 and just meets the Olympic marathon standard for Canada of 2:11:29.

TOP THREE WOMEN:

KOREN YAL.............2:22:41
MARE DIBABA...........2:23:24
SILVIA SKVORTSOVA.....2:27:51

If they go by the chip time as they should, Koren Yal set a new course record by one second surpassing the time of 2:22:42 set last year. That’s a big deal as there is considerable bonus money involved for course records.

At last report 100-year-old FAUJA SINGH of Great Britain passed through the 10k mark in 1:44:03, but his subsequent splits are not showing up just yet.
2011 Toronto marathon results
10k at 100 years old is pretty amazing. What a great story. Hope he keeps right on running. A true inspiration for anyone who believes it is too late to introduce fitness into their lives.

Very happy to report that 100-year-old Fauja Singh did indeed finish the Toronto Waterfront Marathon according to officials. For some reason his splits were not showing up on the results once he passed the 10k mark.

The one thing left do is to make his 2011 Toronto marathon results official.

Once the Guinness Book of World Records verify everything this will be a new world standard for the oldest person to finish a sanctioned marathon.

FAUJA’S SPLITS

10k.......1:44:03
21.1k.....3:43:39
30k.......5:36:00
35k.......6:25:46

Finish(clock time)8:25:16

Finish (chip time)8:11:05 official time
Average Speed…11:59 per kilometer.Placing in male division….2475/2552
If there was ever any doubt that fitness and simply staying active can enhance a person’s longevity and quality of life, I believe Fauja has dispelled those doubts and will make believers of many people through his efforts.

Here are the top age-group finishers in the 2011 Toronto marathon results.

TOP THREE MEN 18-24

LEE MCCARRON...............2:33:28
MICHAEL ENRIGHT............2:48:51
DAN WAY TORONTO............2:49:51

TOP THREE MEN 25-29

SHAMI ABDULAHI DAWIT......2:09:51
TADESSE ABRAHAM...........2:12:48
DYLAN WYKES...............2:12:57

TOP THREE MEN 30-34

REID COOLSAET.............2:10:55
ERIC GILLIS...............2:11:28
JOSEPHAT ONGERI HAMILTON..2:19:48

TOP THREE MEN 35-39

KENNETH MUNGARA...........2:09:49
MICHAEL GREEN,............2:22:55
CHRISTIAN MERCIER.........2:28:31

TOP THREE MEN 40-44

TERRY GEHL................2:36:18
HELMUTH STEINACHER........2:38:07
FRANCOIS LECOT............2:38:23

TOP THREE MEN 45-49

JOSE RAMON TORRES.........2:38:59
JIM PARK..................2:44:36
RAY MOOREHEAD.............2:46:11

TOP THREE MEN 50-54

MARK MCCOSHAM............2:43:01
IVAN SIMONEAU............2:51:12
MAREK NOWAKOWSKI.........2:55:09

TOP THREE MEN 55-59

STEPHEN BEASLEY..........2:53:30
ADRIAN GRANCEA...........3:11:51
FRANK MACGILLIVRAY.......3:12:12

TOP THREE MEN 60-64

DENIS L. LEFEBVRE........3:18:00
STEPHEN LEE..............3:26:26
AURELIO MORI.............3:34:59

TOP TWO MEN 65-69

TONY DUNBAR..............3:33:06
GILLES PROULX............3:44:21

TOP THREE MEN 70-OVER

ED WHITLOCK..............3:15:51
KEIJO TAIVASSALO.........3:27:46
SHIGERU ASANO............3:34:14

TOP THREE WOMEN 18-24

MARE DIBABA..............2:23:24
DIANA CHEPKEMOI..........2:28:55
NETSANET ACHEMO ABEYO....2:32:48

TOP THREE WOMEN 25-29

KOREN YAL................2:22:41
JENNY KOEPPEL-ACKER......2:58:08
KAREN GILBERT............3:01:46

TOP THREE WOMEN 30-34

KATHERINE MOORE..........2:48:45
VICTORIA RODRIGUEZ.......2:53:05
JOSIANE ABOUNGONO........2:53:49

TOP THREE WOMEN 35-39

SILVIA SKVORTSOVA........2:27:51
SARAH HARRIS.............2:43:49
SARAH STRADLING..........2:47:28

TOP THREE WOMEN 40-44

CAROLYN TURNER...........3:17:08
PASCALE DUBOIS...........3:19:31
CRISTINA WINSOR..........3:20:11

TOP THREE WOMEN 45-49

TAMMY PURDY..............3:01:20
CHRISTINE ROSS...........3:05:05
PIERRETTE GAUTHIEr.......3:11:56

TOP THREE WOMEN 50-54

AGATHE NICHOLSON.........3:01:18
GRACE FRANCISCO..........3:29:23
LAURA DALE...............3:38:29

TOP TEN MEN OVERALL HALF-MARATHON

THOMAS BREITBACH.........1:07:19
CLEVE THORSON............1:07:32
JASON WARICK.............1:09:18
DOMINIK ROMAN FABIANOWSKI1:10:22
RICHARD MINICHIELLO......1:10:26
COREY GALLAGHER..........1:10:45
JOHN MASON...............1:10:55
MATT SUDA................1:11:12
VICTOR GATUNDU...........1:11:33
NICK BEST................1:11:33

TOP TEN WOMEN OVERALL HALF-MARATHON

LESLIE SEXTON............1:16:32
KATE VAUGHAN-BAZELY......1:17:22
ERIN MACLEAN.............1:17:56
KRISTA DUCHENE...........1:19:16
SARAH ALI-KHAN...........1:19:37
ANNE-MARIE MADDEN........1:19:48
JUTTA MERILAINEN.........1:20:52
SASHA GOLLISH............1:21:45
COURTNEY LAURIE..........1:22:05
REBECCA CARR.............1:22:17

TOP FIVE MEN 5K

JEREMY WALSH.............15:37
NICHOLAS JE SMITH........16:16
DAVID TEPPER.............16:45
SHAWN MULDREW............17:06
JOHN INGRAM..............17:10

TOP FIVE WOMEN 5K

KERRI COOK..............17:39
KATHRYN SHERWOOD........18:32
ANNIE BUNTING...........18:52
JANET MAYNARD...........19:17
RACHEL GRASBY...........19:33

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