7th November 2023
EDEN RAINBOW-COOPER STARS DURING ABBOTT WORLD MARATHON MAJORS
The 2023 Abbott World Marathon Majors Series drew to a close at the weekend with the New York City Marathon, and wheelchair racer Eden Rainbow-Cooper (coach: Arno Mul, club: Red Velvet Racing Team) finished fifth overall in the series after several strong performances.
Rainbow-Cooper’s best result of the series came in September’s Berlin Marathon when she finished second ahead of Manuela Schar (SUI) in a time of 1:34:17 which was a personal best for her over the 26.2-mile distance. The breakthrough road performance came only a couple of months after she competed at her first World Para Athletics (Track) Championships in Paris.
In New York, she pushed to fourth place on the challenging course, recording a time of 1:49:34, to finish just off the podium places.
This followed two seventh places earlier in the seasons which came a week apart in Boston and London.
The Commonwealth silver medallist ended the marathon season in fifth overall in the series on 20 points, while Switzerland’s Catherine Debrunner dominated the series to secure 100 points and the title.
In the men’s wheelchair series, Paralympic legend David Weir (Jenny Archer, Weir Archer Academy) finished seventh overall.
His third place at the fast and furious Berlin marathon in September was his best finish of the season. The time of 1:30:17 was his best time since 2021.
Earlier in the year he crossed the line in fifth place at the London Marathon. Swiss Paralympic champion Marcel Hug won the men’s wheelchair series overall.