Trengove wins Melbourne marathon

Distance runner Jess Trengove smashed her personal best to claim victory in the Melbourne marathon. (AAP)

Jess Trengove has moved to sixth on the Australian all-time list of fastest times with her victory in the Melbourne marathon.

Distance running star Jess Trengove will set sail for the Rio Olympics chock-full of confidence after smashing her personal best to claim a commanding victory in the Melbourne marathon.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist dominated Sunday's race in near-perfect mild conditions.

She slashed almost two-and-half minutes off her personal best with a winning time of two hours 27 minutes and 45 seconds, making her the sixth fastest Australian female ever.

"That was what the aim of this year's marathon was - to show that I can do it, that I can line up for Rio and have a real crack," said the 28-year-old Trengove, who first showcased her big-event pedigree with an outstanding 11th-placed finish at the 2013 world championships in Moscow.

"It's not just about being at the Olympics to soak up the experience.

"That's what London was all about - this one is about having a crack.

"I knew I should be able to get this sort of result here if I fuelled myself right and maintained concentration.

"You can have that sort of confidence on the start-line when you know you have done the work, knowing you will run well if you have been smart."

Trengove was accompanied for much of the race by several members of her training group including 2005 world championships 5000m bronze medallist Craig Mottram.

New Zealander Lydia O'Donnell was second in 2:39:01 and Australian Makda Harun Haji was third in 2:40:37.

A spot in the women's marathon next year in Rio is now also right on the agenda for Lisa Weightman.

Racing competitively for the first time since the birth of son Pete in January, the 2010 Commonwealth Games marathon bronze medallist won the Melbourne half-marathon on Sunday in 1:11:00.

"I'm over the moon to run that time and feel so strong," said the 36-year-old Weightman, who will now target the Olympic qualifying mark in January's Houston marathon.

"I had no idea how it would go as I hadn't moved into that phase of training."

The men's marathon was won by Brad Milosevic in 2:16:00, making him the fourth Australian to better the Olympic qualifying mark of 2:17:00 - although only three can compete in Rio.

"It's six months to the day since I DNFed (did not finish a race) in Japan," said the 26-year-old Milosevic.

"It's an IAAF qualifier, so it puts my name in the hat.

"Rio is the dream but then there's also the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in 2018.

"I've got plenty of years of running left."


1. Benita Willis - 2:22:36; Oct 22, 2006 Chicago

2. Lisa Ondieki - 2:23:51; Oct 31, 2008 Osaka

3. Nickey Carroll - 2:25:51; Apr 18, 1999 London

4. Kerry McCann - 2:25:59; Apr 16, 2000 London

5. Lisa Weightman - 2:26:05; Oct 13, 2013 Melbourne

6. Jess Trengove - 2:27:45; Oct 18, 2015 Melbourne

7. Kate Smyth - 2:28:51; Apr 19, 2008 Nagano

Source AAP

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