Gold Coast Marathon Returns With Stable Fields From Australia, U.S.A. and Japan

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Australia’s Village Street Present Theme Parks Gold Coast Marathon is ready to return subsequent weekend for its first full-on in-person version since 2019. The elite fields for its half marathon and marathon division are smaller than normal however stuffed with prime home expertise with some worldwide help from the united statesA., Japan, and elsewhere.

A well-recognized face in Japan, Eloise Wellings leads the ladies’s half marathon, her PB of 1:09:29 set on the Marugame Half in 2016. Earlier this 12 months she ran a marathon greatest of two:25:10 in Nagoya and 1:10:42 for 4th on the Gifu Seiryu Half, establishing a great head-to-head race with Jessica Stenson, 2:25:15 in Perth final fall and with a 1:10:59 greatest in Marugame in 2018.

Brett Robinson leads the boys’s half marathon with a 59:57 NR for the win in Marugame in 2020. Tim Vincent is his strongest competitors on paper with a 1:01:43 on the aided Rome-Ostia Half course earlier this 12 months, however Joel Tobin-White, 1:02:03 in Marugame 2019, Commonwealth Video games-bound Liam Adams, Ed Goddard and 2019 Tachikawa Yr-Finish Half winner Andy Buchanan are all up there. Chuo College has two staff members, Yudai Nakazawa and Haruto Wakabayashi, within the race too, following within the footsteps of Oregon 2022 World Championships marathon staff member Gaku Hoshi who ran the Gold Coast Half in 2019 with help from JRN as a scholar at Teikyo College.

Tokyo Paralympics T54 marathon gold medalist Madison de Rozario leads the ladies’s wheelchair marathon area with help from Paralympic teammate Christie Dawes, eighth in Tokyo final summer season. Jake Lappin and Richard Colman are the one skilled marathoners within the males’s wheelchair race, with Nic Beveridge, Luke Bailey and Cory Crombie making their debuts over the gap.

On paper the ladies’s marathon units up a rematch between Lisa Weightman and Haruka Yamaguchi, who ran virtually the complete manner collectively on the 2020 Osaka Worldwide Girls’s Marathon. Weightman broke away late within the race to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics in 2:26:02 with Yamaguchi subsequent in a PB 2:26:35. However People Lindsay Flanagan and Stephanie Bruce have each run sooner than both Weightman or Yamaguchi has since then, Flanagan with a 2:26:54 in Paris this spring and Bruce with a 2:27:47 in Chicago final fall. Yamaguchi’s home rival Shiho Kaneshige ran 2:29:26 in Tokyo this 12 months and Sarah Klein is contemporary off a 2:30:49 in Newcastle this spring, so no matter occurs within the deliberate 1:11:45 first half lead group, the competitors within the 1:14:00 second group must be powerful.

The lads’s marathon is essentially the most worldwide race of the day, with elite athletes from 5 international locations. Belgian Amaury Paquet ran 2:13:54 in Barcelona final fall, adopted intently by GBR’s Nick Earl, 2:14:38 on the Lake Biwa Marathon in 2019. New Zealand’s David Ridley has a 2:17:20 from Sydney final 12 months, with Samuel Gebremichael and Tokyo Paralympics T12 marathon silver medalist Jaryd Clifford the one Australians with current sub-2:20 occasions. Louis McAfee is making a noteworthy debut at age 25, his 1:04:14 half marathon greatest suggesting potential to be prime Australian within the race.

Jo Fukuda ran his PB of two:09:52 on the 2018 Gold Coast Marathon and is returning for the primary time since then, his most up-to-date run a 2:11:29 at February’s Osaka Marathon. Akihiro Kaneko has run a PB yearly since his marathon debut in 2017, beginning with a 2:22:49 and going to a 2:11:39 to complete simply behind Fukuda in Osaka. Gold Coast will probably be his worldwide debut. Previous winner Yuki Kawauchi is working his first marathon since ending twentieth at April’s Boston Marathon in 2:12:55. After being recognized with COVID a couple of days later he was unable to begin at the very least his subsequent three races, so Gold Coast will mark a return to competitors.

Examine again nearer to race date for more information on streaming and following the races dwell.

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