First-timer Gatebe snatches Two Oceans title

2013-03-30 13:03

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Kroonstad-born David Gatebe was the first to reach the finish line in the Old Mutual Two Oceans Ultra Marathon in Cape Town today with a time of 03:08:54.

The 33-year-old, first time participant in the marathon, took an early lead at about 21km into the race. Trailing him was Mthandazo Qhina, the first Capetonian to be in the top 10 in the history of the marathon, while Lesotho runner Moeketsi Mosuhli came third.

For their achievement, Gatebe and his female counterpart are now each R250 000 richer.

Meanwhile, Natalia Volgina boosted the now­decade-old dominance of Russian females by being the first female finisher in the 56km-long epic in the record time of 03:38:38.

Behind her came Thabita Tsata from Zimbabwe who was followed by local athlete Charne Bosman.

The famous Nurgalieva twins, Elena and Olesya, who have jointly won the marathon seven times in the past 10 years, were both outside the top three for the first time since 2004.

Elena came fourth and Olesya was nowhere to be seen in the first 10. In the men’s section, last year’s winner, Stephen Muzhingi, did not make the cut, let alone a top 10 spot.

Not surprisingly though, no male has won the Two Oceans consecutively in the past six years.

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