Weightman reigns in London

London Olympic Games

Lisa Weightman ran into history on Sunday as only the third Australian woman to finish in the top 20 at an Olympic marathon.  Driving rain didn’t deter Lisa as she ran a personal best of 2:27:32 to claim 17th position in the 42.2km race around the streets of London.  The race set off at a steady pace and Lisa was at the back of the lead pack for the first half of the race, 10-15 seconds behind the leaders and sitting in about 50th place. Her experience from previous championship races in Beijing, Berlin and Delhi (where she won a bronze at the Commonwealth Games), shone through in the send half of the race as she steadily moved through the field. With 5km to go she was outside the top 20 but running strongly.  A crowd of 40 MUAC club mates, gathered at the Clyde Hotel in Carlton to support her, waited anxiously to spot her in the home stretch and yelled with joy as she appeared in 17th place and on track for a PB.  After the race she said ‘I’m just over the moon with the performance’.
Her time of 2:27:32 cements her position as number 5 on the all time Australian performance list and becomes the MUAC record.
A hearty congratulations from all at Melbourne University Athletics Club for a wonderful run.