Ath­let­ics

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Syd­ney Marathon, to­mor­row 8.45am.

Part of the Syd­ney Run­ning Fes­ti­val which in­cludes a half marathon, a 10k and a fun run, the Syd­ney Marathon was in­sti­gated after the 2000 Olympics in the same city. The in­au­gu­ral race was won by Kiwi Da­mon Harris but since then has largely been dom­i­nated by Kenyans and Ja­panese. Ten have been won by Kenyans in­clud­ing four in a row from 2005 by Julius Mar­itim who ran his best time of 2h 14m 38s in 2007. The race record is held by Kenya’s Gebo Gameda at 2h 11m18s ( in 2014). The last two men’s races have been won by Ja­panese with To­mo­hiro Tani­gawa win­ning a year ago in 2h 12m 13s. The women’s race record set in 2014 by Ethiopian Biruk­tayit Degefa who also won a year earlier. Kiwi Ruth Kingston won in 2005. For their $ 160 en­try fee, run­ners get the chance to run from Brad­field Park at Mil­son Point on to the Syd­ney Har­bour Bridge — the high­est point in the race at 60m above sea level — and around the city be­fore fin­ish­ing at the Opera House. Now ac­corded IAAF Gold La­bel Road Race sta­tus.

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