Congratulations to a World Champion
South Melbourne’s Kirstin Bull has backed up a strong performance in the 2015 IAU World 100km Championships where she broke a longstanding Australian Record with an even better one in 2016!
In the early hours of Monday morning (our time), and after 10 laps of the 10km course which saw athletes run on tarmac with one third of the loop on small tiles along the sea front, Kirstin crossed the finish line at 2016 IAU World 100km Championships in Los Alcazares, Spain in first place beating her own Australian record in a time of 7:34:25.
Kirstin took a chance and moved into the lead around halfway and maintained a gap of a few minutes for the remainder of the race, holding out a strong finishing Nikolina Sustic (CRO) in 7:36:09 and Great Britain’s sole representative at this event, Joasia Zakrzewski in 3rd place in a time of 7:41:47.
The men’s race was won by Hideaki Yamauchi (JPN) in 6:18:22 ahead of Bongmusa Mthembu (RSA) with 6:24:05 and Patrick Reagan (USA) with 6:35:42. Fellow Aussie, Brendan Davies had a top 10 finish also.
After many months of hard work, including training weeks of 200km, this is a fantastic result for Kirstin and her long-time coach, Tim Crosbie and is a very proud moment for the club.