Sunday’s heat climate set a heated tempo for greater than 28, 000 runners within the Aramco Houston Half and the Chevron Houston Marathon, leading to some thrilling finishes in each occasions and a brand new American report within the half marathon by Emily Sisson.
Houston is thought for a quick course, and in 2022 Keira D’Amato broke the American report within the girls’s marathon, and Sarah Corridor took the American report within the girls’s half marathon (each had been additionally damaged once more by Sisson in 2022).
Ladies’s Half Marathon
Ethiopian runner Hiwot Gibrmaryam broke away from the sector early on within the race, and set off at a blistering tempo, hitting the 5K mark in 15:14 (4:54 per mile). Gebremaryam couldn’t keep the heated tempo and slowed within the latter levels of the race, breaking the tape in 66:28 (a PB); American marathon report holder Sisson stormed to shut the hole.
Hiwot Gebremaryam wins the Houston Half Marathon in 1:06:28! Emily Sisson runs 1:06:52 and turns into the primary American lady to interrupt 1:07:00 on a record-legal course. She breaks her personal American report by 19 seconds.
— Quick Ladies (@fast_women) January 15, 2023
Sisson did edge barely up on Gibrmaryam, coming from 29 seconds again mid-race to 24 seconds on the end, however she nonetheless wasn’t near Gebremaryam, clocking 66:52 to interrupt her personal report by 19 seconds. U.Okay. runner Jessica Warner-Judd rounded out the rostrum in 67:19.
Leslie Sexton was the highest Canadian lady within the race, ending in seventeenth place with a 1:10:05 end. “Low 72, that’s about the place my health is correct now, Sexton mentioned post-race.”I nonetheless haven’t felt actually nice since Worlds [championships, in July].”
The ladies’s race noticed one other spectacular run with Japan’s Hitomi Niiya successful in 2:19:24, greater than six minutes forward of the runner-up. Niiya, a favorite heading into the occasion, narrowly missed taking the Japanese marathon report.
Hitomi Niiya wins the 2023 Houston Marathon in 2:19:24, a private greatest of virtually two minutes.
She is now #2 on the all-time Japanese checklist within the girls’s marathon, behind solely 2004 Olympic champ Mizuki Noguchi (2:19:12). pic.twitter.com/L4lyTZqLAQ
— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) January 15, 2023
Whereas second-place finisher, Ethiopia’s Muliye Dekebo Haylemariyam led till near the half, Niiya step by step overtook her. Niiya held her robust tempo and was on monitor to interrupt the Japanese report (2:19:12) however missed by a mere 12 seconds. Niiya was adopted in by Haylemariyam in 2:25:35 and fellow Ethiopian runner Sintayehu Lewetegn rounded out the rostrum in 2:26:33.
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