Elmore Named to Olympic Team

Elmore Named to Olympic Team

CANADIAN MARATHONER Malindi Elmore ’02 was named to her third Olympic team on Wednesday. Elmore received an early nomination from Athletics Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee.

Elmore secured early nomination for Paris 2024 by achieving the Olympic qualifying standard with a personal best time of 2:23:30 at the Berlin Marathon in September 2023. She is a former Canadian marathon record holder, as well as a World University Games, World Cross Country and Pan American Games bronze medallist.

Malindi Elmore made her Olympic debut at Athens 2004 in the 1,500 meters. Though she initially retired in 2012, she returned to athletics in 2019 to compete in her first marathon, and qualified for Tokyo 2020 in that distance. She finished ninth to lead the Canadian women’s marathoners in her Olympic return in Tokyo, clocking in with a time of 2:30:59. That was Canada’s second-best Olympic result ever in the women’s marathon.

“I never expected, even as recently as five years ago, that I’d make two more Olympics,” Elmore said. “My life had moved on, I had moved on from running, as well. To become a three-time Olympian, sounds kind of legit now. I’ve learned so much over the last 20 years about training and racing and the work that goes into it, that I feel really quite grateful that I’ve had this opportunity to become the athlete that I hoped I could have been and wanted to be. A lot of people don’t get that opportunity.”

Elmore will line up on the Paris starting line alongside another Stanford alum, Fiona O’Keeffe ’20, who won the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials on Saturday in Orlando, Florida. Jessica (Tonn) McClain ’14 was fourth in that race and is an alternate for Paris. 


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