Dublin joins sub 2:09 club
KENYAN Moses Kangogo Kibet beat the old course record, 2:09:07 held since 2007 by Russian Aleksey Sokolov, to win the 31st Lifestyle Sports-adidas Dublin Marathon, which provided both record numbers and two new course records.
At the half-way mark yesterday, the organisers thought the 2007 record would hold, but Kibet ran an incredible second half, covering the final 13 miles in 63 minutes en route to victory and a personal best of 2:08:58.
Russian Tatiana Aryasova also smashed the previous course record, 2:27:22 held since 2003 by Ruth Kutol of Kenya, crossing the finish line comfortably in 2.26.13.
Sergiu Ciobanu of Clonliffe Harriers defended his Irish national title, winning for the second consecutive year in a time of 2:19:33.
The women’s Irish title went to Barbara Sanchez (Raheny Shamrock) who finished in 2:39:39.
The 2010 wheelchair winner was Paul Hannon (UK) in a time of 2:20:38. Mary Nolan Hickey, the only woman to have run every Dublin marathon to date, maintained her 100pc record finishing in a time of 3:51:13.
Former Kerry footballer and five time All-Ireland medal winner Jimmy Deenihan TD, who led ten of his Leinster House colleagues – “The Oireachtas Team” – in their training for the race, finished in 4:22:38.
He was beaten to the finish by his colleague Barry Andrews, who finished in 3:43:11.
Lucinda Creighton clocked up 4:44:03 while former boxer Bernard Dunne finished in 3:44:31.
“It’s fantastic to see the race go off so well,” said race director Jim Aughney, “and two new course records.”
Men’s Top 3: Moses Kangogo Kibet (KEN) 2:08:58, Fikadu Kedir (ETH) 2:09:44, Mourice Mutinda Musyoki (KEN) 2:10:25.
Women’s Top 3: Tatiana Aryasova (RUS) 2:26:13, Kateryna Stetsenko (UKR) 2:27:51, Elsa Kireeva (RUS) 2:28:02.
Irish National Championships Men’s Top 3: Sergiu Ciobanu (Clonliffe) 2:19:33, Joe McAllister (St Malachy’s) 2:21:05, Greg Roberts (City of Derry) 2:21:20.
Irish National Championships Women’s Top 3: Barbara Sanchez (Raheny) 2:39:39, Pauline Curley (Mission Team) 2:44:00, Lorraine Manning (Raheny) 2:46:16.