Article by Inside Athletics
27-year-old Sydney distance runner Jeff Hunt has finished third at the prestigious Beppu-Oita marathon in Japan on his debut at the 42.195km distance.
Hunt’s time of 2 hours, 11 minutes (2:11:00) is the fastest debut marathon by an Australian, surpassing the 2:11:18 effort by distance running legend Steve Moneghetti in his 1986 Commonwealth Games bronze medal winning performance.
Hunt moved through the field during the second half of the race, joining the leading pack with 3km remaining and challenging for the win.
Moneghetti, now an Australian selector, was impressed by Hunt’s peformance.
“It’s fantastic. It goes to show that we are on the way back,” Moneghetti said.
“Hopefully it is a sign that marathon running is getting back going in Australia.”
“To do that on debut shows that he has a great future.”