Achilles woe wrecks Alyson’s gold dream

Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon (second left) helps lead the way in the early stages of today's Commonwealth Games marathon in Glasgow
Sunderland Stroller Alyson Dixon (second left) helps lead the way in the early stages of today's Commonwealth Games marathon in Glasgow
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ALYSON DIXON’S game attempt to get among the medals in today’s Commonwealth Games Marathon ended in bitter disappointment.

Dixon had been at the front of the lead pack from the off on the 26.2-mile journey around the sights of Glasgow.

At the 10km mark, passing through in 36min 17sec, she and Scottish hope Susan Partridge were heading the group of eight, which included the two Kenyan favourites, Flomenena Daniel and Caroline Kilel. The race was being run at 2hr 33min pace. Dixon’s best is 2.31.08.

But by 15k the Kenyan duo took charge and at halfway they had asserted their authority, clocking 74.26.

Dixon was passed by England team-mate Louise Damen and she eventually dropped out with an Achilles problem between the 25k and 30k markers.

Dixon said: “It was awesome leading the Commonwealth marathon with tremendous support from the crowd, then, bang, it was all gone in a minute. The damage to my Achilles is not as bad as first thought, I should be back in a couple of weeks.’

“The crowds were amazing and so so loud – people with banners with my name on. Thank you to everyone for helping make great memories.”

Daniel went onto to win, crossing the line 25 seconds clear, clocking 2hr 26min 45sec for victory ahead of Kilel’s 2.27.10. Australia’s Jess Trengove finished strongly to take the bronze medal with a personal best of 2.30.12

Partridge ran well in front of her home supporters to run 2.32.18 for sixth, ahead of Damen with 2.32.59 in seventh. England’s Amy Whitehead clocked 2.35.06 for ninth. Only 17 runners finished, with four not making it to the finish.