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Big changes for Olympic hopeful

Garrett Short
Updated: March 25, 2020 11:04 PM
Created: March 25, 2020 05:51 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Nearly 16 years after running for Team Canada at the Olympics in Athens, Malindi Elmore has been forced to change her training schedule as the Tokyo Olympics have been pushed back to 2021.

Elmore ran her first marathon in 2019 and found immediate success. This January she set the record for the fastest marathon ever ran by a Canadian woman with a time of 2:24:50. Elmore looked like a comfortable choice to be one of the three marathoners to represent Canada this summer in Japan. Now she has been forced to re-evaluate her training schedule.

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"We're just kind of into a bit of a holding pattern, mental health, physical activity, run for fun kind of focus and not really training too hard," Elmore said. "You don't want to train to hard and get injured or suppress your immunity at this point."

Elmore, a mother of two, expects the postponement of the games could drastically change the results in Tokyo. With just two marathons under her belt, she is looking at the delay as a chance to train more and get her body ready. The delay affects her mindset too, as she has to stay focused on her goal for a whole year longer.

"Right now there's no point in kind of spending that currency if you will-- that energy that I need to save for the future to really buckle down and put my head down and work really hard and be super committed," Elmore said.


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