Higher Canadian standards bar top marathoners from Olympics

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    The first Canadian man and woman to surge across the finish line of the Ottawa marathon this past weekend won't be going to the Olympics in Beijing in August even though they both met international Olympic standards.

    Gitah Macharia came 14th overall at the ING Ottawa marathon Sunday with a time of 2:16:55 and Tara Quinn-Smith came fourth in her category with a time of 2:33:58.

    Quinn-Smith beat the women's international A standard of 2:37:00 by more than three minutes and the B standard of 2:42 by more than eight during her first-ever marathon race.

    However, she did not meet Athletics Canada's tougher A and B women's standards of 2:29:08 and 2:31:00 respectively.

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