It's five of the best world titles for mighty Roeger

15 July 2019

Michael Roeger at the start of the Gold Coast Half Marathon

HOW much more can Paralympian Michael Roeger achieve could well be the question sports' fans ponder about the popular superstar of long races.

Last week Roeger added yet another world record to his resume after a sterling effort on the Gold Coast where he finished ninth overall in the half marathon but clearly winning his T46 category.

Roeger, 31, finished in a time of 64:17 to become the World Half Marathon recordholder, making that five world titles in various  events in the past 18 months.

Roeger's category, T46, is for single above elbow/single below amputation or similar disability.

The three-time Paralympian has been building his training by adding strength and distance to his program with the big-ticket item the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020 his target.

Roeger was buoyed by how he got through the Gold Coast event and his achievement.

"They were testing conditions but nevertheless it was a great event,'' Roeger said.

"The body got through the half (marathon) well. My legs were good to me in the final few kilometres. I was really proud to have come second and ninth overall.

"Thanks to my coach, my team and the great support out there. Now on to the next event.''

Roeger, South Australian-born, a SASI scholar and based in Canberra, has T46 world records in the half marathon, 10,000m, 5000m, 1500m and marathon events.

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