Smith finishes sixth in Yokohama Marathon

FRED WOODCOCK
Last updated 07:16 19/11/2012
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MARATHON WOMAN: Kiwi Olympian Kim Smith has finished sixth in the Yokohama Marathon in Japan after cutting her honeymoon short to race.

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New Zealand's Kim Smith finished a respectable sixth in the Yokohama Marathon after disrupting her honeymoon to get to Japan.

Smith completed the run in two hours 27 minutes and 35 seconds, more than two minutes down on her personal best, with the race being won by the favourite, Kenyan Lydia Cheromei, who blitzed the course in 2:23.06.

Local Mizuho Nasukawa was second in 2:26:42 and Marisa Barros of Portugal was third in 2:26:51.

Smith was in the leading bunch for the first half of the race until Chermei broke away. The Rhode Island-based Kiwi worked hard to close the gap, with runners dropping off one-by-one, until the chasing bunch was down to three after 35km.

Portugal's Barros clawed her way back to the bunch as Smith started to fade, dropping a couple of places over the last 3km.

Smith, who turns 31 today, was a late entry after the New York City Marathon, scheduled for November 4, was cancelled at the last minute because of Hurricane Sandy.

She'd been in Hawaii on honeymoon the past two weeks but packed her running shoes and flew onto Yokohama to compete yesterday.

Smith earlier this month said she might take a break from marathon running now and do some track racing in the next few months. Smith cut her teeth on the track and holds several New Zealand records from the 3000m to the marathon.

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