Japanese men’s race favourite Hiroki Yamagishi and US middle distance journeywoman Sara Hall scored stunning all-the-way victories in today’s Gold Coast Half Marathon.
Yamagishi’s 1:03:14 calculated to a 35-second winning margin over Victorian Liam Adams (1:03:49) and Tasmania’s Dejen Gebreselassie (1:04:12) while former US national cross country champion Hall’s massive 45-second advantage at the 10km mark was maintained to the finish.
Hall broke the tape in 1:10:31 ahead of Australian Rio Olympics marathoner Milly Clark (1:11:15) and fellow Australian Rio 2016 representative, South Australia’s Jessica Trengove (1:11:36).
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Yamagishi’s win was the sixth for a Japanese man in the history of the event while Hall’s was the first for a US woman.
Meanwhile, Norway-born Australian wheelchair champion Richard Colman took out first place in the wheelchair marathon race.
The four-time Paralympian and New Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games representative was too strong for the rest of the eight-man field, taking his first Gold Coast Airport Marathon win in 1:46:15 ahead of fellow Aussie Richard Nicholson (1:47:06) and Colman protégé Campbell Message (1:59:11).