FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MEN'S RACE RECORD SET IN 2011 GOLD COAST AIRPORT MARATHON
ALL AFRICAN AFFAIR WITH MEN'S AND WOMEN'S WINNERS
DATE RELEASED: SUNDAY 3rd JULY 2011
The long-standing 22-year-old Gold Coast Airport Marathon men's race record
has finally been broken on another groundbreaking day for the event which
drew a record 24,726 runners.
Kenyan Nicholas Manza, 26, breasted the tape to set a new low mark of
2:10:01 at today's marathon weekend headliner on the Gold Coast.
It lowered by 10 seconds Brad Camp's previous best mark of 2:10:11 set in
It was a Kenyan trifecta with Albert Matebor 2:10:13 and Japhet Kipkorir
2:10:50 in second and third.
Ethiopia's Goitetom Tesema blitzed the women's race in 2:30:08, 11 minutes
ahead of Caloundra's Roxie Fraser 2:41:17 and Japan's Chihiro Tanaka
Both winners pocketed $10,000 for their win but, after agonisingly missing
a $25,000 bonus for breaking 2:10:00 by one second, organisers (Events
Queensland Gold Coast) decided to present Manza with a $10,000 bonus for
breaking the race record.
Events Queensland Gold Coast Chairman Kerry Watson said in recognition of
Manza's exceptionally strong run and smashing the race record by 10
seconds, it was fitting to reward him with a further $10,000.
"Even though Nicholas didn't quite reach the 2:10:00 standard set for the
bonus prizemoney ($25,000), his performance was exceptional and lowered
Brad Camp's longstanding race record. We felt it fitting to further reward
Manza's and Tesema's wins delighted a bumper race day crowd and 18-strong
group of visiting African VIPs including Olympic and world middle and long
distance champion, African legend Dr Kip Keino.
The men's race looked an African result from the halfway mark when Matebor
and Manza audaciously broke away from US-based pacesetters Jason Hartmann
and Patrick Rizzo and led a group of eight runners.
At the 36km mark, Manza made his winning move, putting 50 metres between
himself and Matebor over the next kilometre and keeping himself well on
race record pace. He maintained a handy 100 metre buffer for the final six
"I'm just happy to win the race. It is very special for me to win the race.
I am so happy," he said.
"It's hard in Kenya because there are so many marathon runners. A lot of
guys run 2:05.
"It's been a great race and it's very special to me because it's my first
time in Australia," he said.
Matebor said he felt the going tough over the closing stages after a great
duel with his Kenyan compatriots.
"The second half was tough. He [Manza] ran away at 36 kilometres and I knew
I couldn't hold on," he said.
Third placegetter Japhet Kipkorir said his plan was to run with the
leaders, but the pace was faster than he expected.
"They broke away from me at 30 kilometres," he said.
"I was in better shape at the Melbourne Marathon last year [where he set
his previous PB of 2:11:04].
Tesema, who was determined to break the two and a half hour mark, had to
run solo for most of the race.
"I was trying to run under 2:30, but it was a hard run. I was out there by
myself," she said.
Fraser, who rarely runs with a wristwatch but did so today, improved her
personal best by over a minute.
She decided reeling in the early frontrunners one-by-one was the best way
to stand on the victory dais.
"I could see the second, third and fourth ladies 100 metres ahead and I
caught the fourth at 23ks and the third and second at 34ks," Fraser said.
"I stayed with them for a bit and then thought I'd try to get rid of them.
"Most of the elites don't run the way I do. I don't have a coach and I
don't train with a stopwatch and my goal is to have fun and make my husband
proud," she said.
Tanaka's target was to come within the top three.
"So that's completed and I'm happy," Tanaka, who finished outside of her
2:35:15 PB, said.
"At 25km I got a cramp. I had to stop and I slowed down after that," she
Tanaka said she drew inspiration from her daughter Nozomi's win in the 4km
Junior Dash on Saturday.
"I wasn't expecting Nozomi to come in first. It was a good stimulant for me
to do well today."
Victorian Lee Troop was hampered by a problematic hamstring in today's
attempt to post a London 2012 Olympic qualifying time of 2:12:00. Troop
crossed the line in sixth place in 2:15:45.
"Unfortunately I was restricted in my left hamstring and never really got
into rhythm early," Troop said.
"I've raced [Kenyans] for 20 years and they are good. I knew they were all
going to work together.
"Bottom line, I just had to control myself, I couldn't control the
Kenyans," he said.
Troop said he's not giving up on his London Olympic dream and will make the
most of the two more qualifying opportunities still available to him.
Today's Gold Coast Airport Marathon action was played out in front of an
Africa Region delegation on the Gold Coast to inspect the city's
suitability to host the 2018 Commonwealth Games.
The delegation comprised 14 National Olympic Council presidents, two
secretary generals and two Olympic committee board members.
They arrived on the Gold Coast on Saturday night from Botswana, Kenya,
Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda,
Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, The Gambia,
Uganda and Zambia.
A delighted Events Queensland Gold Coast General Manager Cameron Hart said
he couldn't be more proud of the achievements today by not only the elite
runners but also the fun runners and joggers, volunteers, officials and
especially the event staff.
"This weekend was a weekend of records – record numbers of people running,
record numbers of visitors to the event, a record amount of money raised
for charity (over $300,000) and finally the race record in the men's
marathon was broken.
"With another record-breaking Gold Coast Airport Marathon conducted, this
city's credentials for planning and delivering world class sporting events
have again been on show.
"With the Commonwealth Games delegation from Africa here to assess the
event, we feel we've done all we possibly can to give the 2018 Commonwealth
Games bid a boost."
2011 Participants – Total 24,761
Gold Coast Airport Marathon 5,086
ASICS Half Marathon 8,901
Southern Cross University 10km Run 5,998
Queensland Health 5km Challenge 3,625
4km Junior Dash 420
2km Junior Dash 721
Wheelchair Half Marathon 10