Hiruni Wijayaratne established a new national record by finishing the 26.2 mile Chevron Houston Marathon in 2:36:35 opposed to the previous record held by Niluka Rajasekara in the Hong Kong Marathon.
The best at Houston is Hiruni’s fourth national record. She already holds the national record in the 10km, 15km and half marathon.
The Chevron Houston Marathon
With the temperatures in the 30s, the Houston Marathon kicked off at 7am on Sunday morning. Thousands participated and over 250,000 spectators gathered to witness the race.
Bazu Worku and Biruktayit Degefa of Ethopia won the men’s and women’s division respectively.
Hiruni has been in the United States for 17 years and she has had the privilege to participate in races around the world. She took part in the 16th World Athletics Championships Marathon in London in August 2017. It was her first world championship.
She earned qualification standards by becoming the first woman to finish the Eugene Marathon in May 2017. She finished the race in 2 hours 43 minutes 31 seconds and was placed 11th overall.
Back then she was second to Niluka Rajaseakara but her last performance will push her to first place. Hiruni’s remarkable achievement in Houston has given her qualification status to participate in the Commonwealth Games which will be held in Gold Coast, Australia.
Despite failing to finishing at the World Championships in London, Hiruni won the LSR Half Marathon in late 2017. Her husband Luis Orta of Venezuela was placed first in the Men’s half marathon. Kenyan men and women dominated the full marathon.
Hiruni is a graduate from the University of Kentucky with a BA in Communication and Master of Business Administration (MBA). Her move to the US has given her the opportunity to train with world renowned coach Brad Hudson and Hudson Elite team.
Back in Sri Lanka, she attended St. Bridget’s Convent until year 2000.
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