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