Athletics: Kenneth Mungara retains Gold Coast Airport Marathon title by just one second

GOLD COAST - Defending champion Kenneth Mungara of Kenya pipped Japan's Yuki Kawauchi to win the Gold Coast Airport Marathon (GCAM) on Sunday, in a race that went right down to the wire.

Mungara, who also won the Standard Chartered Marathon Singapore in 2010 and 2014, clocked 2hr 9min, 18 seconds off the record time he set last year. Kawauchi, the 2013 winner, was just one second behind the Kenyan.   

Mungara's win continues his country's recent dominance at the GCAM, with the 42-year-old's back-to-back winning feat meaning a Kenyan has won the past three full marathons. 

He said: "My target was to run until I had 10km to go. I knew I would make it then. I'm very happy."

Japan's Misato Horie won the female category by setting the quickest-ever women's mark of 2:26:40.

There were more than 6,200 participants in this year's marathon running the 42.195km course starting and ending at Southport. 

Fang Jian Yong and Jasmine Goh finished as Singapore's top male and female runners respectively at the marathon.

Earlier, Australians Duer Yoa and Cassie Fien won the men's and women's 21km race,with Yoa setting a personal-best time of 1:03:50. 

Crowd favourite Kurt Fearnley won the wheelchair marathon. The 35-year-old three-time Paralympic gold medallist shaved more than three minutes off the category's record mark by clocking 1:33:21.