Gold Coast Marathon 2015 Results: Men's and Women's Top Finishers

Briggs Seekins@BriggsfighttalkFeatured ColumnistJuly 5, 2015

24 June 2001:  Gomechu Woyecha of Qatar in action during the Gold Coast Marathon (2:14:51.0).  Phil Costley of New Zealand won the event with a time of 2:13:38.0. DIGITAL IMAGE.  Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Wood/ALLSPORT
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It was a record-breaking day for the men's winner at this year's Gold Coast Marathon, as Kenya's Kenneth Mburu Mungara turned in a course-best 2:08:42. For those not accustomed to doing quick long division in their heads, that works out to better than five-minute miles for over two hours. 

Top Gold Coast Marathon Finishers
Kenneth Mburu MungaraMen's2:08:42
Silah KipKemboi LimoMen's2:08:54
Evans Kipkosgei RutoMen's2:08:55
Tewelde HidruMen's2:09:33
Gold Coast Bulletin
Top Gold Coast Marathon Finishers
Risa TakenakaWomen's2:28:23
Keiko NogamiWomen's2:29,32
Manami KamitanidaWomen's2:33:42
Shoko ShimizuWomen's2:37:11
Gold Coast Bulletin

Winning on the women's side was Japan's Risa Takenaka with a time of 2:28:23. But as the official finishing statistics from the Gold Coast Bulletin make clear, the more than 5,000 finishers for the race included a wide array of runners from all walks of life, as the average time was 4:22:10.

24 June 2001:  General view of the Gold Coast during the Gold Coast Marathon, Australia. DIGITAL IMAGE.  Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Wood/ALLSPORT
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Held since 1979 on Queensland's beautiful Gold Coast, it is Australia's "premier road race" and an elite IAAF Gold Label race like the Boston Marathon. Mungara and Takenaka are world-class runners. Mungara has won at courses like Prague and Toronto and has a personal best time of 2:07:36. 

Mungara edged out second- and third-place finishers Silah Kipkemboi Limo, who turned in a 2:08:54, and Evans Kipkosgei Ruto, who ran the course at 2:08:55. 

Limo is a past Gold Coast winner. All three times broke the existing course records.

24 June 2001:  Yuko Arimori of Japan celebrates her victory in the Women's Gold Coast Marathon with a time of 2:35:41:0 at the Runaway Bay Super Sports Centre, Gold Coast, Australia. DIGITAL IMAGE.  Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Wood/ALLSPORT
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Following Takenaka in the women's division was Keiko Nogami, at 2:29:32. Nogami and Takenaka were the only two women to finish in the top 25. 

According to the Gold Coast Bulletin, Japanese women have dominated this race in recent years, winning four of the last five years. It was no different in 2015, with Takenaka leading a Japanese trifecta of herself, Nogami and Manami Kamitanida.  

As an IAAF Gold Label race, the Gold Coast Marathon is officially recognized as one of the top 50 road races in the world by the International Association of Athletic Federations. To qualify, a race has to be big enough to attract athletes from at least five nations and the winners' times must surpass IAAF standards. 

24 June 2001:  General view of the lead competitors in  the Gold Coast Marathon, Australia. Phil Costley of New Zealand won the event with a time of 2:13:38.0. DIGITAL IMAGE.  Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Wood/ALLSPORT
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To attract that kind of field, races have to become streamlined, corporate-sponsored events, which makes them destination races for many devoted hobbyist runners. This year's Gold Coast Marathon average time of 4:22:10 certainly represents a respectable physical achievement for most human beings. 

So the times put up by winners in races like this make them true elite athletes. Mungara's winning time of 2:08:42 is actually quite a bit slower than the world record of 2:02:57, set by Dennis Kimetto in September 2014 in Berlin.  

Unless otherwise noted, all stats appear from the official Gold Coast Marathon page

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