2006 Commonwealth Games Marathon finish

Kerryn McCann () (1967-2008) vs. Hellen Cherono Kosgei ()
This clip shows approximately the last 600 meters of one of the most rousing championship marathon races in history. McCann. 38 years old, and Cherono Kosgei traded the lead maybe a half-dozen times in the last mile but were never more than a couple strides apart. This was an unusual competition; ordinarily, in a close race, one athlete will sit on the shoulder of another, waiting to pounce in the final stretch or merely straining to hang on to the pace. Not here–these women made a footrace of it over the duration of this clip, as you’ll see. And the crowd in Melbourne was going insane.
For those who don’t know, the major countries taking part in these games are those in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the nations of the Caribbean, and the strip of countries along the eastern and southeastern coast of Africa, Kenya being the northernmost of these. Held every four years and staggered two years from the Olympics, only the World Championships (held every odd-numbered year) and the Olympics themselves are more prominent among the world’s athletics meetings.

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  1. #1 by Dave Munger on December 10, 2008 - 11:21 am

    Wow, what a finish! But the inspirational music MUST STOP!

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