Kenyan wins first marathon in first attempt

WILLIAM Chebor from Kenya won the Gold Coast Airport Marathon yesterday, nearly five minutes ahead of top seed Shane Nankervis from Victoria.

Chebor crossed the line in 2:12:00 ahead of Nankervis 2:16:46 while Matt Smith from New Zealand came third in 2:16:51. Chebor broke away at the half-way mark and was never reeled in.

“This is my first marathon event and I am happy with the way I ran, but I don't have anything planned after this,” he said. “After I broke away I could see the second runner was far, far away from me and could not close back up.”

Nankervis, the 2008 Australian Half Marathon champion, said he was running a good race until the 35k mark when he started to tire.

“I couldn't get the win but at least I'm the first non-African across the line and I'm happy about that,” he said.

“I tried to go with Chebor but he was too strong.”

The women's marathon was won by Lauren Shelley from Western Australia in 2:42:22.

Queensland's Roxie Schmidt was one second behind her, with Japan's Mai Tagami another four seconds back in third place.

Queensland Premier Anna Bligh managed to finish the half marathon in her shoes this year.

She equalled last year's time of 2:12:16 but didn't make the mistake of running in brand new shoes this time around. Last year she suffered badly blistered feet and crossed the line barefoot.



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