Second for Kimberley Smith in Marugame half

18:17, Feb 03 2013
New Zealand's Kimberley Smith.
IN THE MONEY: Kimberley Smith came second in the Marugame International half marathon.

New Zealand's Kimberley Smith has finished second in the Marugame International half marathon in Japan.

The multiple New Zealand record holder's time of one hour and nine minutes flat was just seven seconds behind the winner, reigning Olympic marathon champion Tiki Gelana from Ethiopia.

Japan's Yuko Shimizu was third, 32s behind Smith, who has been training in Auckland for the past month and returns to her Providence, Rhode Island, home to train for upcoming races.