Lisa Weightman has added another notch to her belt, running yet another sub-2:30 marathon (her 9th sub-2:30) to finish 8th at the New York City Marathon over the weekend.
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Feeling so very proud of my run today @nycmarathon! I enjoyed running with the best in the world for over half way and I ran as hard as I could to run faster in the second half (75:53, 73:18 for 2:29.11). To think in this campaign I worked 4 days per week, took care of my family and have almost finished creating our dream home. We always want more every time we race, but today I am completely proud and honoured to have been part of such a stellar group of women. Thanks for having me! #runningmumsaustralia #tcsnycmarathon #proudmum #marathoner
Mary Keitany, the Kenyan Olympic champion took off at the half way mark and never looked back, smashing the field, finishing by more than three minutes ahead of her challengers, with a time of 2 hours 22 minutes 48 seconds. It was her fourth victory in New York, and the second fastest race any woman has run on this course. Keitany ripped through the second half of the marathon in 1:06:58, a time few women in the field have achieved.
Lelisa Desisa, Mary Keitany Win 2018 TCS New York City Marathon Titles
Weightman wasn’t the only Aussie to hit the roads in NYC. In other results:
Tough competition for the Aussies last night in the #nycmarathon@LisaWeightman 8th 2:29.11 – her ninth sub 2:30 marathon
▶ @kurtfearnley 5th 1:40.23
▶ Eliza Ault-Connell 4th 1:57.00
▶ @madiderozario 6th 1:58.06
▶ Christie Dawes 11th 2:06.10#thisisathletics https://t.co/mDpd7LjkN4
— Athletics Australia (@AthsAust) November 4, 2018
Meanwhile, in Australia, Jack Rayner has continued his amazing year taking out the Noosa Bolt in 14:17. James Nipperess was second in 14:20, followed by Jordan Williamsz in 14:24. Rayner has been unstoppable this year, winning the Commonwealth games Half Marathon title in Cardiff, among numerous other victories. Rayner together with Stuart McSweyn are leading the way forward for Australian distance running.
“I think this is the 13th or 14th (win in a row) … I think,” he said.
“It started in April and I’ve been racing every month since then and haven’t lost.”
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Rayner’s training partner Melissa Duncan (16:11) defended her title from Emily Brichacek (16:17) and Madeline Hills (16:25). Duncan, after having battled a few injuries over the past couple years, now looks on track to regain the form that took her to the top of Australian 1500m running.
“Tokyo is my aim, because I don’t want to miss another Olympics,” she said.
“I think I’m better at the endurance (races) than 1.5km now. I’d just never tried 5km until last year.”