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Elite Wheelchair Marathon Preview – 2023 Sydney Marathon, presented by ASICS


SYDNEY MARATHON ASSEMBLES DECORATED LINEUP OF ELITE WHEELCHAIR ATHLETES FOR SEPTEMBER RACE

The 21st Sydney Marathon to feature Abbott World Marathon Major Champions and Paralympic stars 

The Sydney Marathon presented by ASICS has today announced the most decorated assembly of elite wheelchair athletes in the event’s history.  The elite field of homegrown and international athletes will head to Sydney’s iconic start line on Sunday, 17 September, with records expected to fall on the event’s new course. 

Widely regarded as one of Australia’s greatest athletes, Madison de Rozario (AUS) will make her Sydney Marathon debut with a personal best of 01:38:11, intimidating the field with an impressive resume that includes; Paralympic gold medals, two-time London Marathon winner and New York City Marathon. 

Japanese wheelchair marathon champion and record holder Tsubasa Kina (JPN) will be looking to cause an upset, returning to Australia with the fastest qualifying time of 01:35:50.  Kina will tackle the Sydney Marathon course for the first time in 2023, having claimed the podium at Tokyo Marathon in 2020 and 2021. 

Rounding out the women’s elite wheelchair field will be reigning Sydney Marathon champion Jaqueline Godfrey (AUS) with a personal best of 02:28:21, 2015 Paratriathlon World Champion Sara Tait (AUS) with a time of 02:20:00, Michelle Wheeler (USA), Gabriel Wright (NZ) and Gold Coast Woman of the Year, Natasha Price (AUS) in 02:51:01. 

Canada’s most successful wheelchair racer, Josh Cassidy (CAN) will headline the men’s field with a personal best time of 01:18:25, the third fastest time ever recorded in the men’s wheelchair marathon.  Cassidy will make his Australian debut at Sydney Marathon, and will be sure to impress the local crowd with his incredible achievements including; winner of London Marathon (2010), Chicago Marathon (2012) and Boston Marathon (2012). 

Reigning Sydney Marathon champion Jun Hiromichi (JPN), will return to Sydney to defend his title, with a personal best time of 01:23:23. He will compete against fellow Japanese athlete and four-time Japanese Paralympic representative Kota Hokinoue (JPN), with an impressive personal best of 01.29.41. They will be challenged by Hitoshi Matsunga from Japan (01:37:02).

A strong Australian contingent will round out the men’s elite field including Australian Paralympic athlete and 2019 Sydney Marathon champion, Richard Colman AM (AUS), with a personal best time of 01:24:50. Commonwealth Games medallist and Australian Paralympic athlete Jake Lappin (AUS) will be hot on his tail with an impressive personal best time of 01:56:21.

Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham said the Sydney Marathon was a world-class event with one of the most spectacular marathon courses anywhere in the world.

The Sydney Marathon and its candidacy for the Abbott World Marathon Majors series are supported by the NSW Government through its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW.

MEN’S ELITE WHEELCHAIR FIELD

NAME PERSONAL BEST COUNTRY
Kota Hokinoue 01.29.41 Japan
Masazumi Soejima 01:18:50 Japan
Jun Hiromichi 01:23:23 Japan
Jake Lappin 01:56:21 Australia
Richard Colman 01:24:50 Australia
Josh Cassidy 01:18:25 Canada
Hitoshi Matsunga 01:37:02 Japan

 

WOMEN’S ELITE WHEELCHAIR FIELD

NAME PERSONAL BEST COUNTRY
Madison de Rozario 01:38:11 Australia
Kina Tsubassa 01:35:50 Japan
Sara Tait 02:20:00 Australia
Eliza Stankovic-Mowle 01:44:13 Australia
Jacqueline Godfrey 02:28:21 Australia
Natasha Price 02:51:01 Australia
Gabriel Wright Debut Marathon New Zealand
Michelle Wheeler 01:45:45 USA
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