Dylan Wykes (born June 6, 1983 in Kingston, Ontario) is a Canadian long-distance runner. He represented Canada in the marathon at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany, where he placed 33rd. In December 2010, Wykes won the California International Marathon in a time of 2:12:39. He is a sponsored athlete of both Vega and Mizuno. In April 2012, Wykes ran the Rotterdam Marathon in 2:10:47 and thus qualified for the marathon in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
Wykes was born and grew up in Kingston, Ontario, where he attended Frontenac Secondary School. He competed successfully throughout high school, winning the provincial high school (OFSAA) cross country championships in 2001 as well as the 3000m at the 1998, 2000 and 2001 OFSAA track & field championships. He also won the junior race at the 2002 Canadian Cross Country Championships in Moncton, New Brunswick. Following high school, Wykes attended Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. Under the coaching of Ray Treacy, he competed in several NCAA cross country and track & field championships. Wykes finished 49th at the 2003 cross country championships and 15th in the 3000m at the 2004 indoor track championships.
In 2008, at the age of 24, Wykes ran 2:15:16 and finished 16th at the Fortis Rotterdam Marathon, his debut performance at the distance. The time was the second fastest by a Canadian in 2008, surpassed only by Olympian Jon Brown's 2:12 performance at the Fukuoka Marathon, and one of the fastest marathon debuts in Canadian history. In the fall of the same year, Wykes ran the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, and placed 11th in a time of 2:16:20. In 2009, he represented Canada in the marathon at the World Championships and finished 33rd in 2:18:00. In his fourth effort at the distance in December 2010, Wykes won the Sacramento International Marathon. He led the race from start to finish and set a new personal best of 2:12:39, proving himself a contender to represent Canada in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Wykes has also represented Canada internationally in cross country. He ran as a junior at the 2002 World Cross Country Championships and as a senior at the 2007 championships. He placed 3rd at both the 2007 and 2008 Canadian Cross Country Championships and finished 3rd at the 2008 and 2nd at the 2009 NACAC Cross Country Championships.
Wykes' 10000m and marathon bests both rank in the top 10 Canadian performances of all time for the respective distances. His performance at the Rotterdam Marathon in 2012 qualified him for the marathon in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.
|1500 metres||3:46.1||Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada||2007|
|Mile||4:01.15||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||February 7, 2004|
|3000 metres||7:58.7||Boston, Massachusetts, United States||January 31, 2004|
|5000 metres||13:43.43||Eugene, Oregon, United States||April 22, 2011|
|10000 metres||28:12.82||Stanford, California, United States||May 1, 2011|
|Half Marathon||1:02:14||New York, New York, United States||March 20, 2011|
|Marathon||2:10:47||Rotterdam, Netherlands||April 15, 2012|
|2009||World Championships||Berlin, Germany||33rd||Marathon||2:18:00|
|2010||California International Marathon||Sacramento, California, United States||1st||Marathon||2:12:39|
|2011||Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon||Toronto, Ontario, Canada||6th||Marathon||2:12:56.1|
|2012||London Olympic Marathon||London, England||20th||Marathon||2:15:26|
- ↑ IAAF Athletes - Dylan Wykes
- ↑ 2010 California International Marathon Results
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Koreen, Mike (2012-04-15). "Kingston native qualifies for Olympic marathon". Kingston Whig-Standard. http://www.thewhig.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?e=3534081. Retrieved 15 April 2012.
- ↑ OFSAA Track & Field Past Championship Results
- ↑ 2003 NCAA Cross Country Championships Results
- ↑ 2004 NCAA Indoor Championships Results
- ↑ 2008 Fortis Rotterdam Marathon Results
- ↑ 2008 Canadian Outdoor Rankings
- ↑ Results October 16th, 2011. Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. Retrieved on 17 October 2011.
- ↑ Men's Marathon Results. London 2012 Olympic Games. Retrieved on 11 September 2012.
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