United States Lindsay Flanagan broke the race course record at the Gold Coast Marathon, which is a World Athletics Label Road Race, held on Saturday (3) in Queensland, Australia.
The 31 year-old who came to this race with a personal best of 2:26.54 that she got at this year’s Paris marathon where she finished in tenth place shaved six seconds off the women’s course record that was set in 2018 by Ruth Chebitok from Kenya and setting a new course record time of 2:24.43, which is also her new personal best.
“The plan was to make a move at the halfway mark, and at the 10km I thought all the women were with me, but it was just the men. I really just wanted to stay with the pace runner and no one else was around us really, so I guess it [the breakaway] happened then,” said Flanagan
The 2015 Pan American Games silver medallist finished the race more than one minute ahead of pre-race favorite Australian Lisa Weightman who crossed the finish line in second in 2:25.55 with Shiho Kaneshige from Japan closing the podium three finishes in 2:29.12.
Stephanie Bruce from United States and Haruka Yamaguchi from Japan finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:32.22 and 2:34.49 respectively.
- Lindsay Flanagan (USA) 2:24:35
- Lisa Weightman (AUS ) 2:25:55
- Shiho Kaneshige (JPN) 2:29:04
- Stephanie Bruce (USA) 2:32:22
- Haruka Yamaguchi (JPN) 2:34:49