Harrison Martinenko and Olga Firsova well and truly wrote their names into the Gold Coast Airport 5km Fun Run record books this morning.
Martinenko’s 14:32 not only bettered the event’s previous mark of 15:19, but his run also consigned the reigning champion and former record holder Harvey Cramb to second place with Seth Mahoney coming in third.
Forty-year-old Firsova’s 15:42 beat Holly Campbell’s 2022 race record of 15:50 and pushed pre-race favourite Georgia Winkcup into second place by over a quarter of a minute.
Their performances were two more record runs on a day of records and untold personal best settings.
And for Martinenko racing today was a last-minute decision.
“I’m rapt; I’m not going to lie, I didn’t think I would race until yesterday when I signed up,” he said.
“I’ve been training all week so didn’t really expect to have that kick in me, but I ended up with the win and I’m happy about it.
“I didn’t really have a plan I just thought I’d tuck in. “It was quite windy on the way out and I didn’t want to waste any energy in the first half of the race.
“Harvey ran an amazing race, all kudos to him, he kind of made the race, but I was just lucky enough to have a little bit in that last few hundred metres,” he said.
Martinenko said he had a sudden realisation late in the journey that he needed to unglue himself from Cramb.
“About 1200 metres out I could feel the momentum shifting my way and I didn’t realise it was 4ks, but I looked up and saw the number four and realised I was in the last two and a half minutes, and I’d better get going,
“And the running conditions were beautiful – it’s always beautiful here – it’s winter but it feels like summer.”
Firsova’s win was unfinished business taken care of after she came second last year behind Campbell.
“I am so happy [with the win]. I was aiming for 15:50 with a sprint in the last 10 to get 15:49.
“I over-achieved and it’s always nice to over-achieve. I’m very, very delighted that I learned from last year,” she said.
Firsova said she turned up wanting to run her own race.
“I’m not here for the position, I wanted to have 15:50 on the clock or faster and pace at 3:10 or maybe 3:08.
“It’s great, I am really improving well, so 40 is the new 20,” she said.
And of the energy out on course?
“The atmosphere was fantastic,” she said. “To be honest my last kilometre was absolutely amazing and I’d be happy now to go and do it again because of the crowd.”
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