Kenya’s Timothy Kiplagat Ronoh smashed the course record at the 44th edition of the Melbourne Marathon held on Sunday (02) in Melbourne, Australia.
Ronoh broke the old course record of 2:10.47 that Dominic Ondoro set when he took the first of his two successive Melbourne wins in 2013 with a new course time of 2:09.13.
Ronoh who led a 1-2 Kenyan podium finish was followed by Cornelus Kibet Kiplagat who also went under the old course as he crossed the line in second in 2:10.25.
Melbourne’s Reece Edwards completed the podium three finishes in 2:14:41.
- Timothy Kiplagat Ronoh (KEN) 2:09.13
- Cornelus Kibet Kiplagat (KEN) 2:10.25
- Reece Edwards (AUS) 2:14.42
- Riley Cocks (AUS) 2:16.57
- John Dutton (AUS) 2:22.00
Kenya’s Dominic Ondoro ran the second fastest course time at the 45th edition of the Grandma’s Marathon held on Saturday in in Duluth, Minnesota, in the United States.
Ondoro who broke Dick Beardsley’s longstanding event record of 2:09.06 in 2014 for his first win in Duluth, came back with a bang with his first competitive race since 2019 when he ran away with the top honors in a time of 2:09.34 and was followed by his compatriot Sammy Rotich who crossed the line in 2:10.07 with James Ngandu closing the podium three finishes in a time of 2:10.17.
“It’s emotional to come back here. I like the way people cheer us and interact with us. That’s what makes me come back and run here,” said Ondoro.
Four times Grandma Marathon winner, Elisha Barno and Cj Albertson from the United States finished in fourth and fifth place in a time of 2:10.22 and 2:10.52 respectively.
The win for Ondoro also extends the winning streak of Kenyan men at Grandma’s Marathon to eight, dating back to his first victory in 2014.
- Dominic Ondoro (KEN0 2:09:34
- Sammy Rotich (KEN) 2:10.07
- James Ngandu (KEN) 2:10.17
- Elisha Barno (KEN) 2:10.22
- Cj Albertson (USA) 2:10.52
Perth-based Kenyan Isaac Birir, will be targeting to defend his title at the 40th edition of the Melbourne Marathon that will he held on Sunday (14) in Melbourne, Australia.
The 38 year-old who was forced to immigrate to Australia by his wife Joycline last November, is set to face a still challenge from Wilson Chebon whom he beat in August during the City to Surf Marathon.
After taking top honors at the last year’s edition in a time of 2:14.08, the Perth based athlete who has applied for permanent stay said, “My wife told me she wanted come to Australia and it was a big fight between me and my wife. “But after today I’m loving her choice. I’ve put an application in for permanent residency and hopefully they can see from today’s result that I have the talent.”
Birir will be targeting to try and lower the course record time of 2:10.47 that was set in 2013 by Dominic Ondoro from Kenya.
Last year Birir passed his compatriot John Langat just outside the stadium to claim his win forcing his fellow country-mate to settle in second eighteen seconds later.
Race organisers have assembled a tough field hoping to register fast times.