Gold again as Roeger makes a Royal impression at London Marathon

1 May 2019

ANOTHER day at the office, another world record. That appears to be the norm for South Australian-born superstar and two-time Paralympian Michael Roeger who finished his first London Marathon last Sunday with victory and a cool world record of 2:22.51 in the T46 classification.

Just for good measure SASI scholar Roeger, 30, based in Canberra and originally from Langhorne Creek, broke his previous world record of 2:23.30 set at the Melbourne Marathon last October.

Roeger, presented with his London gold medal by soon-to-be-dad Prince Harry, currently holds three running world records - the marathon, 1500m and 5000m in the T46 class which is for single above elbow/single below-elbow amputation or similar disability.

Roeger was understandably thrilled with his win and record, adding his coach Philo Saunders was a driving force again.

"Nothing would be possible without this bloke right here," Roeger said.

"Racewise, that one was pretty special. Probably relief comes to mind. But I'm very happy we've got the result we've been working  so hard for. A lot happened out there for me and it was far from perfect. In short I cramped up at 28km and the focus changed from winning in a really fast time to just making sure I won.

"I actually couldn't believe how fast I ran under the circumstances out there.

"The marathon is a different beast and it excites me.

"The body is pretty sore from all the cramps so I'll take a few easy days I think.

"I guess goal number one was to win and goal number two was to PB (personal best).

"I did both those. There's a lot to learn in the marathon. I missed two drink stations which is crucial but I'm very happy.

"It's only my second marathon so there's a lot to work on, just getting the body stronger.

"It's special. I did the job, got my first global gold and it's a great stepping stone towards Tokyo 2020.''

Roeger now will focus on road events and the Paralympics title next year.

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