: Bernard Linley : 05.08.2020
When preparing the story New Records in Two Events During 2019 last November I never imagined that a third record would be broken before year end.
But on 8 December, less than one month later, Tonya Nero set a new marathon record of 2h42:58 in Sacramento, California, breaking the 2h43:14 national record she did at the 2012 Rotterdam marathon.
The first national marathon record (4h25:12) was set by Flavia Marin at the 1983 TT marathon, and was improved to 3h53:29 by Cecilia Ferguson in 1984, and to 2h57:18 in 1987 by Deborah Snagg in the USA (Richmond, Virginia).
That mark lasted 25 years until the 2012 clocking by Tonya Nero.
To date only Snagg and Nero have run under 3 hours, while three others have done under 3h10:
(Parris is a Guyanese born athlete who naturalized in 1995, and Cyrelene is the mother of Tonya).
Tonya Nero is currently our best distance runner, but she is not a marathon specialist. Nevertheless, in each of the last four years she has run the distance under 3 hours.
Her next run over the marathon distance is eagerly awaited.