Eric Gillis

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Eric Gillis
Eric Gillis (Canada) - London 2012 Mens Marathon.jpg
Eric Gillis in the marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal information
Nationality Canadian
Born (1980-03-08) March 8, 1980 (age 37)
Antigonish, Nova Scotia
Residence Guelph, Ontario[1]
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 127 lb (58 kg)
Sport Running
Event(s) 10,000 metres, half marathon, marathon

Eric Gillis (born March 8, 1980) is a Canadian athlete. He was born and raised in the community of Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He resides in Guelph, Ontario.

Sporting career[edit]

He has had much national and international success during his athletics career. He represented Canada at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the 10,000m. On October 16, 2011, Gillis qualified for the 2012 London Olympics with a 2:11:28 finish at the Toronto Waterfront Marathon.

Career highlights[edit]

  • 2016: 10th-place finish Olympic marathon (2:12:29)
  • 2012: Competed at the Summer Olympics men's marathon event
  • 2011: Vancouver Sun Run winner, time 29:05.[2]
  • 2008: Canadian 10,000 m Championships, Gold
  • 2008: Canadian Cross Country Championships, Silver
  • 2008: Competing at the Summer Olympics 10,000 m event
  • 2007: Canadian Championships, Bronze
  • 2007: Canadian 10,000 m Championships, Gold
  • 2005: Canadian Championships, Bronze

2008 Summer Olympics[edit]

Gillis went to the Beijing Summer Olympics as a member of Team Canada. He competed in the 10000 metres event on August 17, 2008, in the Beijing National Stadium. Though he was aiming to finish among the top 20, he finished 33rd overall with a time of 29:08.10.

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

Vitaliy Shafar (Ukraine) and Eric Gillis (Canada) - London 2012 men's marathon

At the 2012 Summer Olympics, Gillis competed in the men's marathon. He finished in 22nd place with a time of 2:16:00.[3]

2016 Summer Olympics[edit]

In July 2016, he was named to Canada's Olympic team.[4] He finished 10th in the marathon in a time of 2:12:29, the first Canadian man to finish in the top 10 in the Olympic marathon since 1976.[5]


  1. ^ "Eric Gillis profile". Athletics Canada. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2011-04-17. 
  3. ^ "Men's Marathon at the 2012 Summer Olympics". IOC. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  4. ^ Hossain, Asif (11 July 2016). "Athletics Canada nominates largest squad to Team Canada for Rio". Canadian Olympic Committee. Retrieved 11 July 2016. 
  5. ^ "Eric Gillis on his top-10 finish in the marathon: 'It feels awesome'". Retrieved 13 September 2016. 

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