Comrades Marathon underway

2014-06-01 07:50
South African long-distance runner Claude Moshiywa reacts after passing the finish line and winning the 89km Comrades Marathon between Durban and Pietermaritzburg on June 2, 2013, in Pietermaritzburg. (Rajesh Jantilal, AFP)

South African long-distance runner Claude Moshiywa reacts after passing the finish line and winning the 89km Comrades Marathon between Durban and Pietermaritzburg on June 2, 2013, in Pietermaritzburg. (Rajesh Jantilal, AFP)

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Pietermaritzburg - South African pair Anele Dlamini and Dewald Engels were amongst a three-man pace-setting group a quarter of the way into the 2014 Comrades Marathon at Camperdown on Sunday.

The two were joined by Zimbabwean Elmore Sibanda around 22km into the 89.28km 'down run' from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.

Gert Thys, the country's marathon record holder, was amongst those chasing them during the early stages.

The 89th edition of the world-famous ultra marathon began in sub 10° temperatures in the KwaZulu-Natal capital at 05:30.

The world-famous run received the second-biggest entry count in the history of the event. A total of 21 090 entries were received, although 17 206 had actually registered to start the race.

This year's race will take place under the watchful eyes of marathon race directors from across the globe, who are in KwaZulu-Natal for the 20th World Congress of AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races).

Event heads from London, New York and Boston are all in the east coast city and would watch the race.

South African Claude Moshiywa and Russian Elena Nurgalieva were the 2014 champions.

- SAPA

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