Gerda Steyn produced one other spectacular efficiency on Sunday, shattering one of many longest standing information in South African street working, whereas Ethiopian ultra-marathon debutant Edndale Belachew gained a late dash to clinch the boys’s title on the Totalsports Two Oceans 56km race in Cape Town.
Steyn was merely spectacular, securing her third straight victory on the widespread race by storming dwelling in 3:29:42 as she broke the ladies’s file of three:30:36 which had been set by Frith van der Merwe in 1989.
After sitting again patiently in a fast contest, the 32-year-old South African launched a late surge to go compatriot Irvette van Zyl with simply two kilometres remaining.
“It was an incredible race, fast from the gun, and there were sparks from the first kilometre,” mentioned Steyn, who pocketed R250 000 for the victory and one other R250 000 for the file.
“I was a little worried around the marathon (42km) mark because I did not feel very strong, but I kept my faith and I feel so blessed to have won the race today.”
Van Zyl additionally did nicely to dip below the earlier file, holding on to complete second in 3:30:31. She was nicely away from Ehtiopia’s Amelework Bosho, who clocked 3:34:16 in third place simply six weeks after profitable the Nedbank Runified 50km race in Gqeberha, because the overseas problem light within the closing phases.
“I got quite a fright when Gerda caught me and my legs buckled a bit, but I finished the race with a smile,” Van Zyl mentioned.
“I was cramping a bit, but I felt really good and I’m really happy. It was so fast, we just stayed patient and managed to catch the leaders, and then it was just ‘vasbyt’ to the end.”
Belachew, in the meantime, left it late in a hard-fought battle towards Nkosikhona Mhlakwana, kicking in a dash end on the grass on the UCT sport fields to win by simply three seconds as he crossed the road in 3:09:05.
Sboniso Sikhakhane completed third in 3:11:31 and defending champion Bongmusa Mthembu delivered one other stable end in fourth place (3:12:06).
On Saturday, Moses Tarakinyu of Zimbabwe gained the boys’s Two Oceans half-marathon in 1:03:31, two seconds forward of Elroy Gelant, and one other Zimbabwean athlete, Fortunate Chidzivo, took the ladies’s race in 1:14:49.