Kenya’s Ruth Jebitok smashed the course record at the 40th edition of the Gold Coast Marathon that was held on Sunday (1) in Gold Coast, Australia.
The 2018 Barcelona Marathon winner, Chebitok battled for honors with the race favorite Agnes Barsosio and Jessica Trengove of Australia.
Despite the extremely high humidity, Chebitok kept the race moving just under 2:25 pace the entire way, at times talking to the male pacers to get them to stay on track. The lead group paced the half way mark in 1:12.15.
Chebitok slowed at the same point in the women’s race at 35km, but by that point she had the win in her keeping, with a margin of 1:26 to Trengove who, in turn, was almost 50 seconds ahead.
The 27 year-old held on and went ahead to smash the course record and also a personal best cutting the tape in new course record of 2:24.49 erasing the last year’s edition course record of 2:25.34 that was set by Ethiopia Abebech Bekele.
Trengove took second place beating Barsosio to third when she crossed the line in a personal best of 2:26.31 with the later closing the podium three place in 2:27.46.
Japanese Miharu Shimokado took fourth while Australia’s Celia Sullohern fifth in 2:29.38 and 2:30.19 respectively.
- Ruth Chebitok (KEN) 2:24.49
- Jessica Trengove (AUS) 2:26.31
- Agnes Barsosio (KEN) 2:27.46
- Miharu Shimokado (JPN) 2:29.38
- Celia Sullohern (AUS) 2:30.19