Helalia Johannes in the London 2012 women's Marathon

BIRMINGHAM, United Kingdom (July 29) — Helalia Johannes is primed and ready to win the women’s marathon at the Commonwealth Games 2022 this weekend. She is even confident about breaking the Games’ record of 2:25:28, set by Australia’s Lisa Martin in Auckland, New Zealand 32-years-ago. Read more: How to watch the Commonwealth Games 2022 Opening Ceremony?

Johannes won the marathon at the last edition in 2018 and she believes she is in good shape to repeat her gold medal performance from Gold Coast 2018 with a record-breaking run. Read more: Commonwealth Games 2022 women’s marathon entry list; Helaria Johannes returns to defend title

How to Watch the marathon live?

You can watch live streaming coverage of the races on BBC TV, along with coverage on BBC iPlayer, Red Button, BBC Sport website, and BBC Sport mobile app. Watch in the United Kingdom BBC Red Button | For those in Canada watch on: CBC Sports and on DAZN | For those in Australia watch on: 7 Plus

“In Australia [at Gold Coast 2018] the conditions were too hot for fast times and we ran a slow first half of the race, but I think the weather will be better this time,” said Johannes, who ran 2:32:40 to win in Australia four-years-ago and became Namibia’s first women’s athletics gold medalist in the marathon.

“It (the record) could be (under threat). There are some good runners, from Kenya and other countries, and I’ve been told it is a nice course and you can run fast.”

The 41-year-old hasn’t run a marathon since finishing fifth in the TCS New York City Marathon last November, but she believes her 10km and Half Marathon races on the road this season have prepared her well for Birmingham.

“I haven’t run a marathon since last November, but I have had a lot of nice races over shorter distances and a good half-marathon last month [when she beat her own national record in South Africa]. I am in good shape,” the Olympian who finished 11th at the Tokyo Games in 2021 added.

Johannes is expected to face strong competition from Maurine Chepkemoi and Stellah Barsosio of Kenya in the race on Saturday (30).

The women’s and men’s marathon races will kick-start the athletics program at the Commonwealth Games 2022 on Saturday morning.

1052CGA code AUSSinead DIVER2:24:11
1103CGA code AUSJessica STENSON2:25:15
1108CGA code AUSEloise WELLINGS2:25:102:25:10
1747CGA code ENGGeorgina SCHWIENING2:31:372:31:37
2204CGA code IOMSarah WEBSTER2:44:44
2537CGA code KENMargaret Wangari MURIUKI2:30:25
2766CGA code LESMokulubete MAKATISI2:44:47
2877CGA code MRIKatie MAUTHOOR2:47:252:47:25
2911CGA code NAMAlina ARMAS2:33:09
2917CGA code NAMHelalia JOHANNES2:19:52
3454CGA code SOLSharon FIRISUA3:02:10
3529CGA code TANFailuna MATANGA2:27:55
3530CGA code TANJackline SAKILU2:37:55
3626CGA code UGALinet Toroitich CHEBET2:26:222:26:22
3701CGA code WALNatasha COCKRAM2:30:03
3705CGA code WALClara EVANS2:31:21

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