10/18/2015 11:21 EDT | Updated 10/18/2016 01:12 EDT

Marchant misses Canadian marathon record at Scotiabank Toronto Marathon

TORONTO — Lanni Marchant crossed the finish line at the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon nine seconds shy of her Canadian marathon record.

Marchant finished today's race in a time of two hours 28 minutes nine seconds, just shy of her record mark of 2:28.00 set here in 2013.

The 31-year-old from London, Ont., qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics with her time.

Nineteen-year-old Shure Demise of Ethiopia won in 2:23:37.

On the men's side, Eric Gillis of Guelph, Ont., qualified for Rio with a time of 2:11:31.

Ishhimael Chemtan of Kenya finished first in 2:09:00.

Gillis is the second Canadian male to qualify for Rio after Reid Coolsaet, who clocked an Olympic-qualifying time of 2:11.24 last April in Rotterdam.

The Canadian Press

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