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Kenyan defends Gold Coast Airport Marathon title

Effortless Kenyan runner Kenneth Mungara has seen off Japanese rival Yuki Kawauchi to claim back-to-back Gold Coast Airport Marathon titles.

He crossed the line in a time of 2:08:58, just shy of the course record (2:08:42), in stunning conditions at the Southport Broadwater Parklands.

“I’m very happy because I have done my job,” Mr Mungara said after the race.

“But I missed my target of (going under two hours and eight minutes),” he added.

“Maybe next year!”

Misato Horie from Japan won the women’s event, smashing the female course record in the process (2:26:41) and claiming a personal best time.

The course record was also broken in the Wheelchair Marathon, with Australian Olympian Kurt Fearnley wiping three minutes off the previous best time to finish in 1:30:18.

Rio Paralympic hopeful Christie Dawes was the first woman across the line (1:51:13).

Earlier on Sunday, the half marathon was won by Duer Yoa (1:03:49) with Cassie Fien winning the women’s event (1:11:20).

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Police Gold Coast

UPDATE: Homeless man accused of terrifying knife-point robbery

UPDATE: A man will face court on Monday, accused of the terrifying armed robbery of a Carrara resident.

Police tracked down the homeless man, 32, in Surfers Paradise late on Saturday night.

It’s alleged early that morning he confronted a Carrara man, 50, inside his caravan and threatened him with a knife.

Police say he demanded the man drive to an ATM and withdraw cash, which he did.

The homeless man then allegedly gave back some of the money to pay ‘for fuel’, before taking off with the rest of the stash.

He has been charged with deprivation of liberty and armed robbery to front Southport Magistrates Court on Monday.

EARLIER: A man has been forced to drive to an ATM at knife-point in a terrifying robbery on the Gold Coast.

Police said the 50-year-old male victim was inside his residence at a caravan park on Broadbeach-Nerang Rd at Carrara on Saturday morning when around 7am he was accosted by an unknown man.

The man was armed with a knife and demanded the victim drive to the nearest ATM.

The 50-year-old drove to an ATM at a shopping centre in Ashmore where the armed man used his debit card to withdraw an amount of cash.

Police said the armed offender then returned to the vehicle and forced the victim to drive to a service station on Nerang-Southport Rd.

Here, police said the man handed the victim some money “for fuel” before fleeing on foot with the rest of the stolen cash.

Thankfully, police said no one was physically injured during the incident.

 

Vote

Gold Coast remains LNP stronghold

More than 12-hours after polling booths closed, the leadership of Australia remains unclear, with both the Coalition and Labor refusing to admit defeat.

It could be days before we know who will hold the next term of government.

One Gold Coast seat also remains on a knifes-edge, with Forde incumbent Bert van Manen in danger of losing to Labor’s Des Hardman.

Hardman is currently leading with 50.13 per cent of the vote, two party preferred (2pp), to van Manen’s 49.87 per cent.

However, the rest of the Gold Coast remains a Liberal National stronghold.

Steven Ciobo has held on to the seat of Moncrieff (67.95%), despite a swing of 2.81 per cent again him in favour of Labor (2pp).

In Fadden, Stuart Robert came out on top, despite months of controversy.

Karen Andrews will remain the member for McPerson with 61.57 per cent of the vote so far.

And the Scenic Rim seat of Wright will continue to be represented by Scott Buchholz (59.43%).

Information gathered from the AEC website.

Gold Coast Airport Marathon 2016

GCAM: 10km and 5.7km race winners cross the line

The shorter races in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon event have been run and won.

Hugh Williams was the first person to cross the finish line (29:23) of the Southern Cross University 10km run on Saturday morning.

Andrew Buchanan (29:26) and Jack Curran (29:56) also made it under the 30-minute mark.

Leanne Pompeani was the first woman to finish (33:58)

The Suncorp Bank 5.7km Challenge started a short time later and Jack Anstey took first place (17:03), closely followed by Liam Cashin (17:05) and Mitchell Thompson (17:26).

Katinka Von Elsner-Wellsteed (19:43) was the first female across the line.

More than 6,600 people took part in the two events, with cold but calm conditions greeting entrants at the Broadwater Parklands.

The full and half marathon events will be held tomorrow, with similar weather conditions forecast.

Fire

Mermaid Beach cafe burns in deliberately lit fire

A Mermaid Beach cafe has been destroyed and neighbouring businesses damaged during an early morning fire.

Crews rushed to the Lavarack Road building around 2am on Saturday to find the blaze well involved.

It’s believed the fire started in the cafe and spread to other businesses, causing extensive damage to the building.

No one was injured and the fire was extinguished.

Police have declared the fire suspicious and set up a crime scene with forensic officers to investigate.