Lanni Marchant is the face of Canadian women’s distance running. The 32-year old practicing lawyer holds the fastest Canadian marathon time (2:28) and is within a hair of her training partner, Natasha Wodak’s Canadian record at 10,000-metre (31:41:59).
Most recently, Lanni delivered a top-Canadian performance at the the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF) Gold Label 10K race in Ottawa. As the top Canadian woman in the field, it seemed like a no-brainer that she would compete in both the 10,000-metre and marathon events at the Rio Olympics.
Despite her accomplishments, Athletics Canada, the Canadian equivalent of USATF, has yet to determine if Marchant will be competing for Canada in either event. What gives?