Thursday, November 24, 2011

Athletics: Kiwis end 11th in Chiba Ekiden relay

Posted by Admin On 11:59 AM

New Zealand finished 11th in the Chiba Ekiden Relay in Japan overnight. The event is raced over the marathon distance of 42.2km in six stages with each team having three men and three women.

US-based Hugo Beamish had New Zealand ninth after the first 5km in 14m 23s. Leonora Petrina, also based in the States, ran 16m 27s for the next 5km leg with the team in 11th spot. Matt Smith ran the next 10km stage in 31m 3s, with fellow Cantabrian Fiona Crombie implementation lap four over 5km in 16m 31s.

Stephen Lett clocked 31m 12s for the 10km on the penultimate lap and Lisa Robertson anchor New Zealand home in 2h 14m 37s after running the final 7.195km in 25m 1s. Kenya won in a course proof of 2h 4m 40s, just 19 seconds ahead of Japan, with a Japan University third in 2h 7m 26s.

The New Zealand men's Ekiden relay record is 2h 0m 56s set in Chiba in 1991 and the national women's record is 2h 15m 49s also set in Chiba in 1988. In the behavior 5000m track race for keep runners, Zane Robertson set a personal best of 13m 58.37s in concluding second.

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