Valiant Diver digs deep to take fifth in New York marathon

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - JOHN SAL­VADO

LATE- BLOOM­ING Aus­tralian Sinead Diver has be­come the only non-African male or fe­male run­ner to claim a top­five fin­ish in the 2019 New York marathon. Diver, 42, fin­ished fifth in the women’s race in two hours 26 min­utes and 23 sec­onds yes­ter­day

The Ire­land-born run­ner was among many top-line Aus­tralians who chose not to con­test the marathon at the re­cent world cham­pi­onships in Doha due to the op­pres­sive heat and hu­mid­ity.

In a race con­tested with­out pace­mak­ers, Kenyan Joy­ci­line Jep­kos­gei won the women’s event in New York on her marathon de­but in 2:22:38 ahead of coun­try­woman Mary Kei­tany.

Diver (pic­tured) was the first woman across the line from any coun­try other than Kenya or Ethiopia.

Aus­tralian El­lie Pash­ley — who fin­ished a cred­itable 13th in the 10,000m at the Doha world cham­pi­onships — was ninth in 2:27:27.

Diver was 14th in the 10,000m in Doha, al­though she is set to tar­get the marathon at next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

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