Marathon prom­ises real bat­tle

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - EMMA GREEN­WOOD

FOR­GET Jeff Horn and Manny Pac­quiao, to­mor­row’s big­gest clash could be fought out on the streets of the Gold Coast in the early hours of the morn­ing.

Long be­fore the pugilis­tic pair meet to con­test the WBO wel­ter­weight crown at Sun­corp Sta­dium to­mor­row af­ter­noon, two of the best marathon­ers ever seen in Aus­tralia will go head- to- head on the Gold Coast for the coun­try’s most pres­ti­gious marathon crown.

Great com­peti­tors Yuki Kawauchi and Ken­neth Mun­gara are set to re­new their Gold Coast Marathon ri­valry af­ter be­ing sep­a­rated by just one sec­ond at the fin­ish line last year.

Mun­gara took the hon­ours to claim his sec­ond- con­sec­u­tive ti­tle in one of the most ex­cit­ing fin­ishes seen in Aus­tralia since Robert de Castella held off Tan­za­nian Juma Ikanga to take gold in the 1982 Com­mon­wealth Games in Bris­bane.

And the Kenyan barber hopes he can snare a third crown to­mor­row, aim­ing for a 2hr 8min run.

Mun­gara holds the Aus­tralian all- com­ers marathon record with his win­ning time from 2015 of 2: 08.42.

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