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Sydney Marathon 21.1km & Sydney Marathon 10km – Review


Sydney streets shine as thousands converge to witness Japan dominate half marathons

(Sydney, 17 September 2023). The Emerald City once again became host to thrilling performances this morning as thousands of participants of all fitness levels ran, walked and wheeled across the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge traffic-free at the inaugural Sydney Marathon 10km and Sydney Marathon 21.1km races.

Whilst Sydney’s spectacular scenery was on show, it was Japan that took centre stage at the finish line at the historic Sydney Conservatorium of Music with Japan’s Yuko Umeki and Yushin Akatsu taking the crown for men’s and women’s half marathon titles.

“We’re thrilled by the outstanding results of the Sydney Marathon 10km and 21.1km races which have solidified their status as a highlight on the Australian running racing calendar,” said Wayne Larden, Race Director, Sydney Marathon. “The level of performance has been nothing short of exceptional and is a testament to the strength of the nation’s running community. These races continue to attract runners of all abilities and backgrounds, showcasing the inclusive spirit and passion that define our sport.”

Yushin Akatsu (JPN) took the title of the Sydney Marathon 21.1km male champion, completing the course in 01:08:05. The competition heated up as Keith Macpherson from Australia pursued closely in second place with a time of 01:08:56. Fellow Aussie, Abdi Rhoble, secured a commendable third place, crossing the finish line with a time of 01:09:22.

Yuko Umeki (JPN) took out the top spot for women in the Sydney Marathon 21.1km with a stellar time of 01:17:36, but it wasn’t enough to break the course record of 01:13:07 set by Australia’s Sinead Diver in 2022. Umeki was followed closely by an incredible effort from former-Olympian now world-class 55-59y masters runner, Krishna Stanton (AUS) in a time of 01:21:17, with Amy Cogle (AUS) third in 01:21:55.

Against the iconic Sydney Opera House as the backdrop for the picturesque finish line, Australian and Sydney running icon, Ed Goddard, successfully defended his 2022 title and took victory in the Sydney Marathon 10km men’s race with a remarkable time of 00:29:18. Joshua Phillips (AUS) closely followed with a time of 00:29:29, and James Hansen (AUS), finished in 00:29:43, making it three men under 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, Ireland’s Niamh Allen, who now resides in Sydney, dominated the women’s field capturing the top spot with an impressive time of 00:34:30. In a thrilling chase, Katie Porra (AUS) placed a close second with a time of 00:34:59, followed closely by England’s Alice Daniel who secured the third position with a finish time of 00:35:12.

Runners and spectators flocked to the Post Race Recovery Village where they enjoyed live entertainment, food, and drinks against a stunning harbour backdrop.

Sydney Marathon is supported by the NSW Government via its tourism and major events agency, Destination NSW. The event is owned by Athletics Australia and managed by Pont3.

Sydney Marathon 21.1km Results (MALE)

1 Yushin Akatsu Japan 01:08:05
2 Keith Macpherson Australia 01:08:56
3 Abdi Rhoble Australia 01:09:22

Sydney Marathon 21.1km Results (FEMALE)

1 Yuko Umeki Japan 01:17:36
2 Krishna Stanton Australia 01:21:17
3 Amy Cogle Australia 01:21:55

Sydney Marathon 10km Results (MALE)

1 Ed Goddard Australia 00:29:18
2 Joshua Phillips Australia 00:29:29
3 James Hansen Australia 00:29:43

Sydney Marathon 10km Results (FEMALE)

1 Niamh Allen Ireland 00:33:30
2 Katie Porra Australia 00:34:59
3 Alice Daniel England 00:35:12

Full results are available HERE

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