Vancouver Island’s Cam Levins broke both the national and North American records at the Tokyo Marathon on Saturday.
The Black Creek, B.C., native crossed the finish line in two hours, five minutes and 36 seconds to finish fifth in the men’s event.
Levins’s previous national record stood at 2:07:09.
Meanwhile, American Khalid Khannouchi last held the North American record at 2:05:38.
Levins, 33, also hit the automatic qualifying standard of 2:08:10 for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Deso Gelmisa led an Ethiopian sweep of the podium, winning with a time of 2:05:22. Mohamed Esa (2:05:22) and Tsegaye Getachew (2:05:25) placed second and third, respectively.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2023.