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Kenyan Runner Misses $25K Bonus By Two Seconds

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Jul. 4, 2011
  • Updated Jul. 5, 2011 at 9:35 AM UTC
Nicholas Manza crosses the line two seconds short of a $25,000 bonus at yesterday's Gold Coast Marathon. Photo: Brisbane Times

Nicholas Manza crosses the line two seconds short of a $25,000 bonus at yesterday's Gold Coast Marathon. Photo: Brisbane Times

He didn’t go home empty-handed, however.

Nicholas Manza of Kenya coasted into the finish line of Sunday’s Gold Coast Marathon with a big smile on his face. He had thought that his winning time (2:10:01), a new race record, would net him a $25,000 bonus. He had easily broken the 22-year-old record, which was held by Brad Camp by 10 seconds.

However, the bonus was tied not to a course record, but to running under a set time, 2:10:00 in this case.

Race organizers still made sure Manza didn’t got home empty-handed, however. They quickly agreed to give him a $10,000 bonus for breaking the course record.

Despite coming up $15,000 shy of his expectations, Manza remained upbeat.

“I thought I was getting the bonus because I would easily break the course record,” he said. “I was sure I would get the bonus money, but unfortunately I was told it was only [for times] under 2:10. It’s OK because I was just trying for my best. In the competition, you have to get [a] winner and [a] loser, so to me it’s OK.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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