FOR the past 20 years Banora Point local Tony Kean has competed in the Gold Coast Marathon, this year was his last, in the full event anyway.

At 75 years young, Mr Kean finished the race in a little over three hours and 40 minutes, a more than respectable time, he will only return to do the half marathon or 10km course next year.

" When I finished I was a little sore, but I feel great today," Mr Kean said.

"I will only be doing the shorter distance half marathon next year, they tell me I was the oldest competitor in the full race this year which was great."

Gold Coast Tourism and event officials were licking their lips after Japanese Cult Hero Yuki Kawauchi took out yesterdays Gold Coast Airport Marathon, making it a Japanese record breaking double with Yukiko Akaba smashing her countrywomen's 20 year old record.

Kawauchi equalled Nicholas Manza's 2011 race record of two hours 10 minutes and one second, ahead of 27,638 other competitors.

The event may have a few more Japanese competitors next year and a whole lot of free publicity in the next few days.



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