Jess Trengove claims Commonwealth bronze in the marathon

Naracoorte’s Jess Trengove has claimed a second successive Commonwealth Games bronze medal in the marathon.

Trengove, who finished third in the 2014 Glasgow games, finished behind fellow Australian Lisa Weightman in second position and winner Helalia Johannes from Namibia.

The 30-year-old finished in a time of 2:34.09 on Sunday morning, less than two minutes behind the gold medal time of 2:32.40.

Trengove had to be helped into a wheelchair after crossing the line third in 2:34:09.

She recovered quickly although her right shoe was full of blood from a wound caused by a missing toenail.

"That's just a bit of fun," said the 30-year-old.

"The hurt is nothing compared to the lungs burning and the mind.

"Today it wasn't so much the physical pain or any muscular pain, it was just the exhaustion. I could almost see a shovel just digging.

"The noise from the crowd definitely got me across the line.

"I said after Rio it was my hardest race but his one just matched it. I had absolutely nothing left.

"It wasn't the fastest time, it was just the way the race was run today that made it hurt."

- Australian Associated Press

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