Ugandan athlete Moses Kibet has won the first Sydney marathon since the pandemic, with the fastest marathon time on Australian soil, as an unusually large number of elite international runners put the course through its paces.
Kibet, 21, arrived under the sails of the Sydney Opera House in a time of two hours, seven minutes and three seconds, followed by Kenya’s Cosmas Matolo Muteti and Ethiopia’s Chalu Deso Gelmiso less than a second later in a Ethopian-dominated event Elite field runners.
Ethiopia’s Tigist Girma Getachew was the fastest woman with a time of 2:25:10, followed by her compatriots Letebrhan Haylay Gebreslasea and Nazret Weldu Gebrehiwet.
Organizers of the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival this year lured the sport’s top competitors to Sydney to make the Sydney marathon an Abbott World Champion Majors race that would join the ranks of the iconic events held annually in Tokyo , Boston and London , Berlin, Chicago and New York.
The marathon must meet strict criteria over the next three years to become a Major, including a significant increase in the number of race finishers. Cape Town in South Africa and Chengdu in China are also in the running to become majors.
The last record for the Sydney Marathon was set in 2019 by Filex Kiprotich of Kenya, who finished the race two seconds slower than any of the top four finishers that year. The marathon was held virtually in 2020 and 2021.
Sydney’s route takes runners from Bradfield Park at Milsons Point, across the Harbor Bridge, through the city and around Centennial Park before returning through the city and reaching the foreshore at Bennelong and Pyrmont, ending at the Sydney Opera House.
It was the first time since 2019 that the marathon has been run after the COVID-19 pandemic. Virtual events were held in 2020 and 2021.
https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/sydney-marathon-won-with-fastest-time-on-australian-soil-20220918-p5biyr.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_national Moses Kibet wins the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival