Canadian all-comers records fall at Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

Philemon Rono

The marathon gods shone down on the streets of Toronto today during the 30th edition of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Breezing through crisp eight-degree weather, winners Philemon Rono and Magdelyne Masai Robertson, both from Kenya, smashed the men’s and women’s Canadian all-comers records, respectively.

Philemon Rono shatters Canadian all-comers record

Rono, now a three-time champion, closed a seemingly insurmountable gap between himself and Lemi Berhanu of Ethiopia around the 35 kilometre mark to win in 2:05:00, smashing his own Canadian all-comers record of 2:06:52. He was followed by Berhanu in 2:05:09, and Felix Chemonges of Uganda in 2:05:12.

Philemon Rono

Magdelyne Masai Robertson breaks Canadian all-comers record

The women’s race was just as exhilarating with Magdelyne Masai-Robertson pulling away late in the race to win decidedly in 2:22:16. She broke the Canadian all-comers record by one second, earning herself a $50,000 bonus. This was a four minute personal best for Masai-Robertson, who almost didn’t make the race due to visa issues. She was followed by Biruktayit Eshetu of Ethiopia in 2:22:40, and Betsy Saina of Kenya in 2:22:43.

Magdelyne Masai Robertson
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