(also half marathon, 9 km, 3.5 km)
|Official site||Sydney Marathon|
The Sydney Marathon is a marathon held annually in Sydney, Australia each September. The event was first held in 2001 as a legacy of the 2000 Summer Olympics, which were held in Sydney. In addition to the marathon, a half marathon, 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) "Bridge Run", and a 3.5 kilometres (2.2 mi) "Family Fun Run" are also held under the banner of the Sydney Running Festival. The marathon course record is held by Yuki Kawauchi of Japan, who completed the race in 2 hours, 11 minutes and 52 seconds in 2012. The fastest woman is the Ethiopian Biruktayit Degefa, who ran a time of 2 hours, 32 minutes and 46 seconds in 2013.
Introduced in 2001, the Sydney Marathon followed the same course as the marathon during the 2000 Summer Olympics the previous year. During that first year, the women's race was won by Krishna Stanton, who had never run a marathon before, and was doing the event as a result of a challenge from a friend. The Bridge Run was added in 2002, initially as a 10 km event, before being reduced to 9 km in 2005. The marathon and half marathon both finish at the Sydney Opera House, while the shorter runs end at the Royal Botanic Gardens. In 2010 the marathon course was changed to flatten it out which, according to the organisers, makes it "a faster, more scenic and spectator friendly course."
The 2014 marathon has been listed as a Silver Label Road Race by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), the first time it has gained such status. As of 2013, eleven runners have competed in every Sydney Marathon, and have been dubbed "Blue Line Legends".
|2013||Koitile, WillyWilly Koitile||Kenya||2:13:48||Degefa, BiruktayitBiruktayit Degefa||Ethiopia||2:32:46|
|2012||Kawauchi, YukiYuki Kawauchi||Japan||2:11:52||Hirose, MitsukoMitsuko Hirose||Japan||2:48:49|
|2011||Kemboi, JoelJoel Kemboi||Kenya||2:17:31||Negash, LetayLetay Negash||Ethiopia||2:43:22|
|2010||Serem, IssacIssac Serem||Kenya||2:25:17||Stanton, HelenHelen Stanton||Australia||2:49:58|
|2009||Seurei, JuliusJulius Seurei||Kenya||2:17:07||Tsuchiya, NaokoNaoko Tsuchiya||Japan||2:52:46|
|2008||Maritim, JuliusJulius Maritim||Kenya||2:19:01||Flint, LisaLisa Flint||Australia||2:47:43|
|2007||Maritim, JuliusJulius Maritim||Kenya||2:14:38||Tsuchiya, NaokoNaoko Tsuchiya||Japan||2:43:10|
|2006||Maritim, JuliusJulius Maritim||Kenya||2:19:51||Tsuchiya, NaokoNaoko Tsuchiya||Japan||2:48:44|
|2005||Maritim, JuliusJulius Maritim||Kenya||2:21:47||Kingston, RuthRuth Kingston||New Zealand||2:53:56|
|2004||Revelian, OswaldOswald Revelian||Tanzania||2:21:13||Hill, RinaRina Hill||Australia||2:39:46|
|2003||Revelian, OswaldOswald Revelian||Tanzania||2:26:01||Juma, TausiTausi Juma||Ethiopia||2:46:23|
|2002||Bwiret, StephenStephen Bwiret||Kenya||2:17:30||Turland, HeatherHeather Turland||Australia||2:51:06|
|2001||Harris, DamonDamon Harris||New Zealand||2:25:49||Stanton, KrishnaKrishna Stanton||Australia||2:38:11|
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