The 8th edition of the London 10,000m (inc. Athletics Ontario 10,000m Championships) proved to be the strongest competition yet, as 7 athletes ran under the Canadian Championships 10,000m qualifying standard, including 2 women under the Francophone games standard. The mens race was exciting throughout, as eventual winner Hussein Hashi (Central Toronto Athletic Club) and bronze medalist Sami Jibril (Athletics Toronto) battled early on, while silver medalist Kyle O'Neill (London Runner) worked his way through the field and almost caught Hashi, who was able to respond strongly to secure the victory.
On the womens side, 2012 Champion Leslie Sexton (London Runner) took gold once again, while taking a full minute off of her time from last year. Kate Harrison (Athletics Toronto) was a very strong silver in 34:02, narrowly missing the World University Games (FISU) qualifying standard of 34:00. Both Sexton and Harrison were well under the Francophone Games qualifying standard of 34:30. Melanie Myrand of McGill Olympic Club placed 3rd on the womens side, while Karen Gilbert-Tyssen (London Runner) took the Ontario bronze medal. Joshua Heuving (London Runner) claimed the Junior Mens title uncontested, while the McGill Olympic Club prevailed in the Team Challenge competition.
Other meet highlights included a World Youth 800m qualifying time of 2:09.96 by Bridget O'Neill and a FISU 1,500m qualifying time of 3:44.99 by Fraser Kegel (Newmarket Huskies).
On Tuesday, May 21st, the London Distance Classic will continue the 2013 Runners' Choice London Distance Series, offering 800m and 5,000m events. In 2012, the London Distance Classic featured the deepest 5,000m race in Canada. All three Ontario 10,000m Mens medalists - Hussein Hashi, Kyle O'Neill, and Sami Jibril - are expected to attend, along with 2012 World Junior 5,000m competitor Aaron Hendrikx (London Runner) and Ontario 10,000m womens champ Leslie Sexton.
Thanks to a generous contribution from Martin Dixon and the Millards accounting firm, the top performer in the 5,000m will receive a $500 bonus. The performance must be under 14:00 (men) or 16:00 (women) and will be determined by comparing the Mercier score, which was produced in conjunction with Athletics Canada.
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