New record set at marathon

2017-08-30 06:02
Athletes at the start at Manaye Hall in Imbali on Sunday.PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanya

Athletes at the start at Manaye Hall in Imbali on Sunday.PHOTOS: lethiwe makhanya

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AN Ethiopian athlete, Tekletsion Tefera, broke the record at the 42km Mandela Day Marathon on Sunday when he finished in a time of 2:28:31 beating last year’s record of 2:29:07 by Tsepang Ramonene.

The marathon started at Manaye Hall in Imbali and finished at the Mandela Capture Site in Howick.

Tefera, from the Nedbank Running Club in Pretoria, also the runner-up in the 2016 Mandela Day Marathon finishing in 02:30:10, walked away with R100 000.

Speaking to the media after the race Tefera said he was very excited he had won.

“It was not an easy race, but it was not difficult either. It’s like I honoured the life of Mandela and I was happy to be a part of that.”

Tefera said having a positive attitude and discipline also adds to becoming fit.

“Athletes also need to eat well so they remain healthy and they must train hard.”

Sikhumbuzo Seme, who dominated the race from Caluza to Howick, came fifth, being the first South African­ to cross the finishing line in a time of 2:29:32.

The first woman home was Mamorallo­ Tjoka from Lesotho, running­ for Nedbank, in a time of 2:48:49.

Tjoka said this was the first time she had run the Mandela Marathon and found the race tough.

“I trained very hard for this race. “This race is important to me because of Mandela’s legacy. “This win did not come easy, it all came with hard work.

“You need to train very hard and give yourself plenty of time to train,” she said.

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