Norwegian-born Australian wheelchair racing champion Richard Colman produced a scintillating finish to take out today’s wheelchair marathon as part of the Gold Coast Airport Marathon.
The four-time Paralympian and New Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games representative was too strong for the rest of the eight-man field, taking his first Gold Coast Airport Marathon win in 1:46:15 ahead of Paralympic Teammates Richard Nicholson (1:47:06) and Campbell Message (1:59:11).
Colman, who hadn’t competed in a marathon for two years, said it was not easy-going for the field.
“We worked pretty hard today,” he said.
“The first 10 and 15 kilometres I thought, ‘why is this hurting so much?’, and then, all of a sudden at about 28 kilometres, I thought, ‘I’m feeling good’.
“I pushed the pace for the next five to 10 kilometres after that.
“At about the 38-kilometre mark there is a little bridge and that’s where I got away from him [Richard Nicholson, 2nd place] and that’s when he was, ‘I’m done’.”
Nicholson rued one aspect of his race preparation.
“I could have not gone to my brother’s wedding in Vancouver two weeks ago,” he laughed.
“I had three weeks off.
“Anyway it is what it is and I just had a good day,” he said.
Message, who is coached by Colman, was slightly taken aback by his marathon debut.
“This is my first ever marathon, so I didn’t know what to expect and the pain just kept getting worse, but it was awesome because everyone was cheering. It was an incredible experience,” he said.
Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games number two ranked Para-triathlon aspirant Sara Tait showed resilience beyond her years to even finish the race, clocking 2:35:19 despite being hampered by a medical condition.
- Richard Colman (VIC) 1:46:15; 2. Richard Nicholson (ACT) 1:47:6; 3. Campbell Message (VIC) 1:59:11; 4. Jason McGregor (QLD) 2:28:11, 5. Ali Badday (IRQ) 3:24:20
- Sara Tait (QLD) 2:35:19
By Gold Coast Airport Marathon
Photo with thanks to Gold Coast Airport Marathon