(IAAF.org) – Almost perfect weather conditions and perhaps the deepest world-class field ever assembled on Canadian soil led to a course and Canadian all-comers’ record in Sunday’s (20) Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, an IAAF Silver Label Road Race.
In the end it was pre-race favourite and 2012 World Half Marathon silver medallist Deressa Chimsa who prevailed, crossing the line in 2:07:05 to beat the former record by 53 seconds.
The 26-year-old always looked fluid, even as the eight-man pack – which passed halfway in 1:03:15 – began to disintegrate. Under clear skies and with temperatures hovering around 10°C, there was early optimism for a fast time.
BEIJING COURSE RECORD FINALLY BROKEN BY TOLA
(IAAF.org) – After a 27-year wait, the 33rd Beijing International Marathon finally produced a course record as Tadese Tola won the IAAF Gold Label Road Race in 2:07:16 on Sunday (20), while Zhang Yingying made a strong return to win the women’s race.
Back in 1986 in the Chinese capital, Japan’s Taisuke Kodama clocked 2:07:35, a result that was equalled two years later by Abebe Mekonnen in 1988. But today, Tola finally broke that mark after a fabulous sprint finish.
The weather was almost perfect for a Marathon with clear skies, minimal wind and a temperature a little over 10°C. The men’s race began with a fast pace from the start as 5km was reached within 15 minutes with a big lead group of around 15 runners together.