Weightman in personal best shape on the Gold Coast


Australian Olympic marathoner Lisa Weightman has surprised herself with a personal best on the roads for 10km as part of the Gold Coast Marathon weekend.

Weightman ran a swift 32:17 to break the course record in the Southern Cross University 10km, only five weeks out from the London Olympics.

“I wasn’t expecting that at all – that was my best run ever. My previous best time was 33:45 which I clocked at the Launceston 10K two weeks ago. To have two PBs in two weeks is amazing,” said Weightman.

“It was originally going to be a training run but I managed to keep going at a quick pace the whole way.”

International visitors Alemayehu Shumye (Ethiopia) and Kaori Yoshida (Japan) took out the feature marathon event in 2:10:35 and 2:30:36 respectively, with Jonathan Peters (2:20:05) and Anita Keem (2:42:43) the first Australian’s across the line.

On debut over the half marathon distance, Liam Adams kicked away from Harry Summers by four seconds to win in 63:28. Adams has had a consistent last few months, having lowered his 10000m personal best to 28:11.76. Similarly, Summers lowered his personal best to 28:13.23 and has recorded a string of victories for his adopted Box Hill club during Athletics Victoria’s XCR’12 series, including over 16km cross country last weekend. Both appears to be set for a future in the marathon.

The Gold Coast Marathon weekend also provided a platform for a display of the talent of 17-year-old Patrick Tiernan from Toowoomba. Tiernan defeated allcomers to win the men’s Southern Cross University 10km Run in 30:34 ahead of Sydney University’s former world junior cross country representative Hugh Williams (30:44). Tiernan holds personal bests of 8:20.48 (3000m) and 14:40.59 (5000m), and with the quality of his performance over the longer 10km distance, is one to watch in the future.


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