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Estwanik’s PB still short of Olympic qualifying time

Chris Estwanik’s blistering time at this week’s ill-fated Boston Marathon was not enough to qualify him for the 2016 Olympic Games.

It was originally understood that the top distance runner’s time had in fact qualified him for the next Olympics. However, upon careful review it was determined that this wasn’t the case as his time of two hours, 19 minute and 55 seconds was nearly two minutes outside of the ‘B’ Qualifying Standard (2:18.00) for the Olympic marathon.

Estwanik’s time was a personal best over the 26.2 mile distance and fastest recorded by a local athlete in a marathon, surpassing the previous best (2:21.19) achieved by Peter Lever in 1972.

The former US track runner finished an impressive 21st in a field of nearly 27,000 participants competing in only his second marathon.

Inspired by his solid showing in Boston earlier this week, Estwanik has now set his sights on qualifying for the next Olympic Games.

“This (performance at Boston Marathon) gives me something to target and if close I will get it,” he declared. “Boston is a notoriously slow course so same effort on a flat course is worth a few minutes.”

Estwanik was one of 16 local runners that took part in the Boston Marathon that was marred by deadly bombings near the finish line that left three dead and nearly 200 injured.

The blast took the gloss off of Estwanik’s solid showing that saw him come to within sight of Olympic qualification.

“This was a flawless execution from start to finish and when something like that happens it takes away from all the positive stuff,” he said. “It’s the world’s most prestigious marathon and that’s what makes it a crying shame what happened out there.”

Despite the traumatic events that took place, Estwanik hasn’t ruled out making further appearances in the high profile race.

“I definitely won’t rule it out and if I don’t it certainly wouldn’t be for the reasons of what transpired on Monday,” he said.

All of the local runners (including Estwanik’s wife Ashley) that took part in this week’s Boston Marathon will run in honour of those affected by the deadly blasts in Sunday’s RMS Construction 20k/10k Race.

Prior to the start of the race black ribbons will be handed out in exchange for donations for the ‘One Fund’ for the victims of the bombing.

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Published April 20, 2013 at 9:23 am (Updated April 20, 2013 at 9:22 am)

Estwanik’s PB still short of Olympic qualifying time

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