Athletics Canada announced its track and field team for the Rio Games Monday and London’s own Lanni Marchant is slotted to compete in two high-profile distance events.
Marchant will be competing in the women’s marathon as well as the 10,000 metres in Brazil.
The London-native said she was originally told her focus at Rio would be on the 10,000 metres.
Athletics Canada did not give her a firm “no” on running the marathon.
Marchant holds the record in the women’s marathon, but she was not on the original list when determining the marathon team for Rio.
A social media campaign was launched by advocates for the runner, which included an online petition and tweets with the hashtag “#LetLanniRun.”
She is now a member of Athletics Canada’s 65-athlete team.
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Some of the prominent athletes that make up the country’s team include star sprinter Andre De Grasse, world high jump champion Derek Drouin, pole vault world champion Shawn Barber, heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton and London decathlete Damian Warner.
Warner is a double medalist at the World Championships in Athletics. He recently won silver in 2015 and was a bronze medalist in 2013.
Another Londoner, Alysha Newman, will also be competing for Canada in the pole vault in Rio. She competed in the 2014 Commonwealth Games where she won a bronze medal in the pole vault event.
Canada’s team this year is considered to be one of the strongest to represent the country.