Tumelo Motlagale was left close to speechless by his personal effort on Sunday after producing the race of his life to win the nationwide title on the Durban International Marathon.
Isaac Mpofu was first throughout the road within the open race in 2:10:04, with the 33-year-old Zimbabwean delivering an outstanding efficiency up entrance, however he was later disqualified in a shock resolution resulting from a difficulty together with his short-term licence quantity.
Motlagale was subsequently elevated to the highest of the rostrum, with the 35-year-old South African overlaying the 42km distance in 2:11:15.
He ripped almost two minutes off his profession greatest (2:12:40) which had been set finally 12 months’s Cape Town Marathon, reserving his place within the SA workforce for the World Athletics Championships in Eugene in July by dipping below the qualifying commonplace of two:11:30.
Tsepo Ramashoemole of Lesotho additionally confirmed positive kind within the close to excellent circumstances, taking second place in 2:12:57.
“I have no words. I’m still letting it sink in and trying to enjoy my performance today,” Motlagale stated after the race.
“I felt good from the start, and even when the guys started picking up the pace there was no cramping which I usually feel in a marathon. I felt really good all the way.”
In the ladies’s race, Kenyan athlete Shelmith Muriuki gained the open contest in 2:37:54, properly forward of Ethiopia’s Gete Galato who took second place in 2:41:00.
Local favorite Jenet Mbhele shone in entrance of her dwelling crowd by way of the streets of the coastal metropolis, holding on to complete third in 2:43:07.
Though Mbhele regarded somewhat damaged on the end, and needed to conduct her post-race interview leaning towards a fence on the ground, she did sufficient to carry off the remainder of the South African contingent, profitable the nationwide ladies’s title.