Zane Robertson sets new national New Zealand marathon record clocking 2:08:19 at Gold Coast Marathon
Zane Robertson was off to find a juicy steak to eat after setting a new New Zealand men's marathon record on his debut at the distance.
Robertson finished third in the Gold Coast marathon on Sunday in a time of two hours eight minutes and 19 seconds.
That time qualifies Robertson for next year's Tokyo Olympics and this year's world track and field champs in Doha. The previous NZ record was set by his brother, Jake Robertson, in March last year.
The men's race was won by Japan's Yuta Shitara in 2:07.50, with Kenya's Barnabas Kiptum second, 17 seconds ahead of the Kiwi.
"Gave it everything out there today," Robertson wrote on Instagram after the race.
"Pushed the pace and set us up to run a 2.06 sadly failed to hold it together with Kiptum in the last 5k with the headwind gusts.
"We got caught by the dropped off Yuta Shitara and he destroyed us the last 2.5km.
"91% humidity, headwinds first 16.5km and last 5k, rained on us, oh and the shoe lace came undone at 5k into the race.
"So overall pretty happy with a NR (new record).... For now I'm off to have a hot shower, lay down and some dinner at the steak house with good friends.
Zane and his twin brother Jake Robertson moved to Kenya several years ago and have been training there.
posted Saturday July 6th