Canada’s Ben Preisner, in his marathon debut, hits Olympic standard at Marathon Project

In his first 42.2-kilometre race, Ben Preisner of Milton, Ont., was the only Canadian men’s runner to run under the Tokyo Olympic standard at the Marathon Project on Sunday in Chander, Ariz.

For the second consecutive marathon, Cam Levins of Black Creek, B.C., was on pace late in the race to lower his 2:09:25 Canadian record, also achieved in his debut marathon at the 2018 Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

He placed 15th Sunday in the men’s field of 48 in 2:12.15, nearly three seconds faster than his Toronto performance in October 2019.

Calgary-born Rory Linkletter finished 17th in 2:12:54, with Vancouver’s Justin Kent rounding out the Canadian men in 2:17:22 in his marathon debut.

Vancouver’s Natasha Wodak also reached the 2:29:30 women’s standard, stopping the clock in 2:26:19 in her second career marathono and first marathon since 2013.

Fellow Canadian Kinsey Middleton, coming off left shoulder surgery in June, appeared to drop out halfway through the race.

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