Saturday 26 May 2018

Seaward best of the Irish with a 2:15 in humid Berlin

Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge. Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images
Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge. Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images Sportsdesk

Kevin Seaward was the leading Irish finisher at the Berlin Marathon yesterday, the Rio Olympian clocking 2:15:50 to finish 19th, a time which was well inside the Commonwealth Games standard of 2:16:30.

In wet, humid conditions, the touted world record attempt never came off at the head of the race, Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge nonetheless stamping his authority on the field to win in 2:03:32 ahead of unheralded Ethiopian Guye Adola, who made the fastest debut in history to finish second in 2:03:46. Clonliffe's Gary O'Hanlon was the first over-40 home, clocking a lifetime best of 2:19:25.

Irish champion Laura Graham came home 14th in the women's race in 2:37:05, carving more than two minutes off her personal best, but the time was just outside the Commonwealth Games standard of 2:37:00 required by Athletics Northern Ireland. Gladys Ganiel of North Belfast also clocked a PB, coming home 15th in 2:37:55. The race was won by Kenya's Gladys Cherono in 2:20:23.

Back home, Kilkenny's Brian Maher took victory at the Rathfarnham 5K in 14:40, while Ciara Durkan of Skerries took the women's race in 16:46.

Maria McCambridge took victory at the Dublin Half Marathon on Saturday in 82:26, while the men's race was won by Berekat Gebraslase in 66:54. Rio Olympians Mick Clohisey and Fionnuala McCormack won at the Stephen Carroll/Mark Duffy Memorial 4-mile in Blackrock, Laura Crowe led the way at the Women's Mini Marathon in Cork, clocking 21:20 for the four-miler.

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