Posted by: Joe English | June 1, 2008

Racing: June starts with big day for marathoning; races in Stockholm, Sao Paulo, Christchurch

It was a busy day for marathon running across the globe. In addition to the very large Rock N Roll San Diego Marathon in the USA (21,000 runners), there were also major contests in Stockholm, Christchurch and Sao Paulo. Here’s a recap of some of the International events from press reports:

Sao Paulo, Brazil
Brazilians swept the Sao Paulo marathon on Sunday, taking back the men and women’s crowns after Kenyan runners won both prizes last year.

Claudir Rodrigues won the men’s race in two hours 17 minutes seven seconds on a cold and rainy morning in South America’s largest city, ahead of Luis Carlos Fernandes da Silva. Maria Zeferina Baldaia won the women’s event in 2:42:20, beating Edielza Alves dos Santos.

About 12,000 people ran in the marathon, an increase of about 1,500 runners compared to last year’s race.

Willy Korir led a 1-2-3 finish for Kenya at the Stockholm Marathon on Saturday, winning in two hours, 16 minutes, three seconds.

Stockholm, Sweden
Korir kept the lead during the last 10 kilometres of the 42-kilometre race after breaking away from the front group.

Bernard Mutai was second in 2:17:57 and Paul Kipkemoi Tangus was third. Two-time defending champion Phillip Bandawe of Zimbabwe finished fourth.

Isabellah Andersson of Sweden won the women’s race in 2:34:14, more than six minutes ahead of Sweden’s Lena Gavelin.

Christchurch, New Zealand

Rowan Hooper scored a popular hometown win in the SBS Christchurch marathon yesterday running down Australian raider Dave Ruschena in the closing kilometres.

Hooper, 29, seized the lead from Ruschena with about 5km remaining just before Hagley Park and outfinished the visitor clocking a respectable 2hr 21min 41secs.

Ruschena, from Melbourne, had to settle for second, 49 seconds behind in his maiden marathon with another Australian, Paul Martinico, kicking home to finish third. The defending champion Craig Kirkwood, of Tauranga, finished fourth.

The win was Hooper’s second in succession in New Zealand after winning a marathon in Dunedin in September and marks him as one of the brighter prospects on the New Zealand distance-running scene.

42-year old Sandra Prosenica won the women’s division by two minutes ahead of the fast-finishing Sally Anderson (Wellington) who went from fifth to second and also ran just under three hours.

Prosenica clocked 2hr 57min 37sec after threading her way through the field to overtake leading New Zealanders Lesley Turner-Hall (Auckland). Prosenica, running her fourth marathon, was hoping for a faster time but had run conservatively at the start. “I just slowly picked people off and hit the leaders about the 28km mark.” She vowed to return next year having enjoyed the course and climate.

Content consolidated from press reports
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