Rachel Hannah to receive Pan Am Games marathon bronze

Rachel Hannah

Rachel Hannah of Toronto, Ont., has officially been upgraded to bronze and will receive her Pan Am Games marathon medal Saturday November 28 in Kingston, Ont., during a special ceremony at the 2015 Canadian Cross Country Championships.

Rob Guy, Athletics Canada Chief Executive Officer, “Congratulations to Rachel. Like the rest of the team she gave it her all at the Pan Am Games, and although after the fact, will be rewarded and recognized for her efforts.  I am looking forward to another exciting season for her.” Guy adds, “As we have been saying all along, Athletics Canada is committed to continue working with the IAAF, WADA, the CCES and other international federations to rid the sport of cheaters, ensuring that Canadian athletes are on an even playing field at all competitions.”

Hannah finished fourth in the marathon, remarkably it was her first-ever attempt at the distance in a competitive environment, behind Gladys Tejeda of Peru who won gold. Subsequent to the Pan Am Games, Tejeda was stripped of her result due to a failed doping test administered during the Games. 

Rachel’s medal ceremony takes place at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Discovery Centre at Fort Henry, site of the 2015 Canadian Cross Country Championships. Hannah enters Saturday’s event as the reigning champ, winning the 2014 title in Vancouver by an impressive 18 seconds.   

Hannah’s Pan Am bronze medal pushes the Canadian track and field team’s total to 27 medals, an all-time best result for the team. The previous team best was 24 podiums at the 1967 edition of the Pan Am Games.

Pan Am Games – revised women’s marathon results 

Gold – Adrianna Da Silva, 2:35:40, Brasil
Silver – Lindsay Flanagan, 2:36:30, United States
Bronze – Rachel Hannah, 2:41:06, Canada 

Athletics Canada Pan Am Games medallists – *updated


Mohammed Ahmed, 10000m
Shawn Barber, pole vault
Melissa Bishop, 800m
Andre De Grasse, 100m
Andre De Grasse, 200m 
Evan Dunfee, 20km race walk
Derek Drouin, high jump
Elizabeth Gleadle, javelin
Matthew Hughes, 3000m steeplechase
Christabel Nettey, long jump
Damian Warner, decathlon 


Nathan Brannen, 1500m
Alex Genest, 3000m steeplechase
Inaki Gomez, 20km race walk
Mike Mason, high jump
Tim Nedow, shot put
Nicole Sifuentes, 1500m
Sarah Wells, 400m hurdles 


*Rachel Hannah, marathon
Sultana Frizell, hammer throw
Sasha Gollish, 1500m
Nikkita Holder, 100m hurdles
Geneviève Lalonde, 3000m steeplechase
Lanni Marchant, 10000m
Charles Philibert-Thiboutot, 1500m
Women’s 4x100m (Crystal Emmanuel, Kim Hyacinthe, Jellisa Westney, Khamica Bingham)
Women’s 4x400m (Brianne Theisen-Eaton, Taylor Sharpe, Sage Watson, Sarah Wells)