Victorian and 2012 London Olympian Lisa Weightman knocked six minutes off the Medibank Melbourne Marathon female race record and clocked a personal best time of 2:26.05 on her way to a historic win.
Weightman’s pre-race plan stood up strong even when Kenyan Eunice Kales developed a 90 second lead at the 25km mark.
“I was certainly the most nervous I’ve ever been before a race. I think I put a fair bit of pressure on myself to run well because it was my home race and for the first time I ran with the expectation of victory.
“It was just amazing to run into the ‘G with my family there. healthymanviagra The best feeling was crossing the line and my nephew (Thomas, 7) came rushing up to me and gave me a huge hug,” Weightman said.
Along with the $20,000 winners bonus Weightman was crowned the female Victorian Marathon Champion for 2013.
In the men’s race Essendon’s Liam Adams was the best of the Australians in his first ever marathon, finishing sixth and clocking an A qualifier for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
“It’s my first marathon and I’ll learn from it but maybe I was a little bit too ambitious early,” Adams said.
Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro was outstanding in the second half of the marathon to break away from the leading group at the 30km mark and set a new race record in 2:10.47, knocking 17 seconds off fellow Kenyan Japhet Kipkorir’s 2010 time.
“We went through half way in 66 minutes and I was thinking too slow, but I’m happy now,” Ondoro said.
Ondoro said he would celebrate with a cup of tea and McDonalds and then return home and buy about half an acre of land with his prize money.
Japan’s Yuki Kawauchi finished second in 2:11.40 but said he was disappointed he didn’t complete an Australian treble, having won Sydney last year and Gold Coast in July.
Box Hill’s Nikki Chapple (71.23) won the female half marathon in a race record time, along with Mitch Brown winning the men’s 10km race in 30.29.
Top 5 Victorian Marathon Championship 2013
Men – 1. Liam Adams (ATE) 2:14.09, 2. Zac Newman (MUU) 2:25.11, 3. Joji Mori (RIC) 2:26.34, 4. Ash Watson (WEN) 2:27.01, 5. Alex Van De Meer (MUU) 2:28.54
Women – 1. Lisa Weightman (PTN) 2:26.05, 2. Sarah Klein (FKN) 2:42.53, 3. Kathryn Preston (TRH) 3:01.44, 4. Karen Hames (SME) 3:03.23, 5. Louise Marsden (SME) 3:08.55
Listen to Lisa Weightman chatting with Triple M's Hot Breakfast about the record breaking win and the joy of finishing on the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
CLICK HERE and jump to 16:12min on Triple M's Hot Breakfast with Eddie McGuire – 14th October 2013