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Commonwealth Games 2022, Jess Stenson wins women’s marathon in Birmingham, video, gold medal

Australia’s third questionJess Stenson won the women’s marathon at the Commonwealth Games after a fantastic run in Birmingham on Saturday.

The victory in It marked a remarkable comeback for the 34-year-old, who missed the 2019 Tokyo Olympics due to bone stress after giving birth.

Stenson led the pack of three going into the final 10 kilometers to take her first gold of the race in 2:27:31.

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Stenson was one of three Australians competing in the tournament, along with Eloise Welling and Sinead Diver.

With 30km to go, Welling and Diver – along with most of the field – dropped off the pace, but Stenson was in a strong position at the front with Namibia’s Helalia Johannes and Kenya’s Margaret Wangari Muriuki.

Heading into the final 20 minutes of the run, Stenson kicked Johannes and knocked Murki out in the face.

And she continued to cross the line amid emotional scenes, finishing 29 seconds ahead of Muriuki and 1 minute 8 seconds ahead.

As Welling and Diver reached the line, the three Australians embraced in tears.

Channel 7 commentator Bruce McAvaney described Stenson’s celebrations with her teammates as “fantastic scenes”.

Stenson won bronze in the marathon at Glasgow 2014 and Gold Coast 2018 before becoming a first-time mum in 2019.

The victory marked a remarkable comeback for the 34-year-old.
The victory marked a remarkable comeback for the 34-year-old.Source: Getty Images

She then returned to the sport in 2020 and made a last-minute attempt to qualify for the Tokyo Games, but was injured with a strained bone.

Even Stenson’s preparations for the Commonwealth Games were disrupted by the Covid-19 outbreak just weeks before the event.

As Stenson approached the finish line, former Olympian and commentator Dave Culbert said on Channel 7: “This is one of the best stations in Australian athletics.

“She watched the Tokyo Games with an excessive amount of trepidation, prompting her to withdraw after trying to make the team at the last minute.

“She had a stress fracture in her thigh, another bone stress injury in her lower back.

“The tenacity to come back from finishing third on two occasions to put herself in this position is extraordinary.”

Speaking after the race, Stenson said: “When we got Covid, our medical staff immediately came to me and said, ‘Calm down, people go through this.’ Be conservative, take a few days off, it won’t affect you, he said.

“This has made a big difference. My coach, Adam, was calm through it all. I think the composure in this prep was really important and I have to give a big shout out to my family.

She added: “It’s just a dream come true for all the mums out there and thank you for all your support and thanks to the mums before me who have shown that this is possible.”

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