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London marathoner Lanni Marchant is top Canadian female in Boston

London’s Lanni Marchant, with a 14th-place finish, was the top Canadian female finisher at the Boston Marathon on Monday.

The top Canadian male was Tom McGrath of Edmonton who placed 101st.

Now here’s where the numbers tell an interesting tale.

Marchant, a Canadian marathon hopeful for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, had a time of two hours, 30 minutes and 34 seconds. It was her second best marathon time.

And McGrath also ran the race in two hours and 30 minutes, but his 24 seconds was 10 seconds – 10 seconds! – ahead of Marchant. Not likely any Olympic anything in his future, but cool just the same.

Marchant, reached by Metro after the race, was happy with her time, but in many ways more interested in the Boston experience. Especially in a year with 36,000 runners and the terrorist attack from 2013 hanging over the field.

“It was cool, even not being from the U.S., not being a citizen down here, people were cheering and supportive and it was a great experience to see everybody out and battling back after what happened last year,” Marchant said.

Marchant, who turned 30 just 10 days ago, is a lawyer who now makes her home in Chattanooga, Tenn. She admitted to being emotional about the day.

“What happened last year was an attack on all runners. I think it kind of hit us as a community as a whole  … The last thing you would ever think of somebody causing trouble and having a terrorist attack at a running event,” she said.

Meanwhile, she plans to chase her Olympic dream again, with the window for Olympic qualifying set to open in January, 2015.

“Once the (qualifying) standard is announced, then all eyes will be focused on that and I will train for the marathon that hopefully punches my ticket (for Rio).”

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