Canadian Runners and Divers Make Marks

Eric Fattah at the Blue Hole FRC - Photo: Peter Scott

Eric Fattah at the Vertical Blue Free Diving Competition in the Bahamas

As they say, when it rains it pours, and so it is with a number of Canadian achievements in individual sports that I’ve recently noticed (and I’m sure there are many more that I’ve not noticed).  Specifically:

  • Torontonian Jean Marmoreo became the first woman to win her age group (65 – 69) three times in the Boston Marathon when she completed this year’s race this past Monday.
  • At the end of last month, Derek Nakulski of Kitchener became the first Canadian since 1996 to win the Around The Bay Road Race,  a 30K race that is held annually in Hamilton, Ontario and is North America’s oldest road race.
  • Eric Fattah of Vancouver set a record last week among Canadians with his free dive of 341 feet (104 meters) at the Vertical Blue Competition held in the Bahamas.  This last seems particularly impressive given that Canada has lots of water but none as warm as the places where free divers (who dive as deep as they can without the aid of oxygen) achieve their greatest feats and seems akin to the incredible bobsled teams of a Caribbean island that famously competed in several Winter Olympics games.

Photo Credit:  Peter Scott

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