Imogen and Kobe Stewart dominate Junior Dash at Gold Coast Marathon

Winner: Sylvania's Imogen Stewart, 12, takes out the 4km junior dash in race record time at the Gold Coast Marathon last month. Picture: Supplied
Winner: Sylvania's Imogen Stewart, 12, takes out the 4km junior dash in race record time at the Gold Coast Marathon last month. Picture: Supplied

Shire siblings Imogen and Kobe Stewart have dominated the junior dash at the Gold Coast Marathon.

The Sylvania brother and sister won their respective races in record times late last month.

Imogen, 12, won the four kilometre junior dash in 12 minutes, 48 seconds having won the 2km race last year.

Not to be outdone, 10-year-old Kobe took out the 2km junior dash in 6.33. Like his older sister, Kobe now holds all age group records for the shorter distance on the Gold Coast.

The Stewarts are coached by their father, Owen. Their mother, Belinda Martin, also competed at the event, finishing fifth in the 10km run.

Kobe Stewart. Picture: Supplied

Kobe Stewart. Picture: Supplied

This year’s 40th annual Gold Coast Marathon attracted more than 27,000 athletes from 51 countries including more than 1500 runners in the junior dash races.

As well as the full marathon, junior dashes and 10km run, the event also featured a wheelchair marathon, half marathon and fun run.

Kenya’s Ruth Chebitok set a race record of 2:24:49 in winning the women’s marathon while countryman Kenneth Mungara (2:09:49) won the men’s event for the third time, beating Japan’s Kenta Murayama by one second.

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