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Mthembu wins, Steve Way a superb third at Comrades Marathon – weekly round-up

Mthembu wins, Steve Way a superb third at Comrades Marathon – weekly round-up

Recent results from the world of the sport, including the 90-kilometre Comrades Marathon in South Africa, the Great Women’s Run, AtletiCAGenève and more

Click the links for coverage of the Oslo Diamond League, Stockholm Diamond LeagueNCAA Championships, area championships and Zharnel Hughes’ 9.91 100m in Kingston, while other recent highlights included the following:

Comrades Marathon, South Africa, June 10

There was a South African double as Bongmusa Mthembu claimed his third Comrades Marathon win after victories in 2014 and 2017, clocking 5:26:34, while Ann Ashworth won the women’s race in a time of 6:10:04.

Comrades debutant Joseph Mphuthi, also of South Africa, was second in 5:35:09, while Britain’s Steve Way moved his way up to third with an impressive well-paced run, clocking 5:35:27.

In 11th place at Winston Park at 57,61km, Way – who is the GB 100km road and British M40 marathon record-holder – moved his way up to eighth and then fifth over the next two checkpoints before crossing the finish line in third. His average pace was 3:43 min/km.

The gruelling race this year took place on the ‘down’ course from Pietermaritzburg to Durban, with an entry field of 21,273 taking on the challenge.

Way’s result improves on his ninth place in 5:49:38 from last year, which was recorded on the ‘up’ course.

Britain’s Carla Molinaro of Clapham Chasers also claimed a top-10 finish as she clocked 6:50:31 to place ninth in the women’s race.

If that wasn’t challenge enough, Molinaro was also part of a six-strong group which first ran from Cape Town to the start of the Comrades race – 90km a day – over 20 days.

More on their ‘Long Road To Comrades’ for charity Children Of The Dawn can be found here.

Results can be found here.

Simplyhealth Great Women’s Run, Glasgow, June 10

Gemma Steel claimed a clear victory over the 10km course in a time of 34:09 ahead of Annabel Simpson with 36:23 and Julie Beveridge with 40:39.

Man v Horse, Wales, June 10

Horse won but only by 23 seconds ahead of Victoria Park Harriers’ Joe Dale with a time of 2:35:12 for the challenging 22-mile course.

Jo Meek won the women’s race in 3:04:05.

NYRR New York Mini 10K, June 9

Kenya’s Mary Keitany won her third title in 30:59, the fifth fastest time in the event’s 47-year history, while USA’s Susannah Scaroni won the event’s first-ever professional wheelchair division title in 22:48.

USA’s Aliphine Tuliamuk was second in 32:08 and Molly Huddle third in 32:25.

British 10,000m champion Charlotte Arter was ninth in 33:09.

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AtletiCAGenève, Switzerland, June 9

Feron Sayers won the long jump with a PB of 8.05m (2.0) for his first leap over eight metres and a European Championships qualifying mark.

Cameron Chalmers was third in the 400m A race in 45.75 and Martyn Rooney won the 400m B race in 46.03, while Mari Smith claimed 800m victory in 2:04.14. Emily Diamond ran 51.87 and Laviai Nielsen 51.89 in the 400m.

Jodie Williams, Bianca Williams, Ashleigh Nelson and Shannon Hylton all went inside 23 seconds for 200m. Jodie Williams won the A race in 22.75 (2.0) ahead of Bianca Williams with 22.80, while Hylton ran 22.99 for fourth. Nelson ran a PB of 22.94 (0.5) in the B race.

Mujinga Kambundji won the 100m on home soil in 11.16 from France’s Orlann Ombissa (11.26) and Britain’s Daryll Neita (11.29).

Tommy Ramdhan and Thomas Somers ran a 20.59 PB and 20.97 (0.0) respectively in first and second in the men’s B 200m race.

Portland, USA, June 9

Marc Scott achieved a European Championships 5000m qualifying standard with the second fastest time of his career – 13:29.27.

Nijmegen, Netherlands, June 8

Melissa Courtney ran a 15:16.51 PB for victory while Eilish McColgan (15:17.01) was second and Steph Twell (15:18.77) fourth to each achieve European Championships qualifying standards.

Gouden Spike, Netherlands, June 9

Ieuen Thomas (8:30.98 PB) and Jonathan Hopkins (8:31.98) both achieved European standards in the 3000m steeplechase.

Leverkusen Sport Fest, June 10

Richard Whitehead clocked 49.84 for victory and a T61 400m world best.

Welsh Castles Relay, Caernarfon to Cardiff, June 9-10

Manchester club Sale Harriers dominated in the men’s race, retaining their overall title with relative ease and a winning margin of 51 minutes. Host club Les Croupiers RC were second ahead of local rivals Pontypridd Roadents, a further 6 minutes back.

The women’s race was a far closer contest but it was the 2017 champions, Les Croupiers, that again came out on top. Serpentine last won the event in 2015 and were second this time. Sale Harriers had led at the end of the first day but settled for third as the race reached the finish in the shadow of Cardiff Castle.

Kusocinski Memorial, Poland, June 8

Gwen Berry regained her US hammer record with 77.78m to move to fourth on the world all-time list and beat world record-holder Anita Wlodarczyk with 75.52m.

Ethiopia’s Genzebe Dibaba ran a world-leading 3:56.68 to win the 1500m by over eight seconds. Kenya’s Ferguson Rotich beat Adam Kszczot in the 800m, 1:45.70 to 1:46.12.

Ryan Crouser won the shot put from Tom Walsh, 22.27m to 21.63m.

Dublin, June 6

Phil Healy broke the Irish 100m record with a time of 11.28 and also ran a 400m outdoor PB of 52.63.

» Further coverage and results in the June 14 edition of AW

» Check out our online news section and event reports for more of the latest from the world of the sport

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