Mokoka, Mengistu achieve Two Oceans half marathon record finish

2013-03-30 09:31

South African long-distance runner Stephen Mokoka won the Two Oceans half marathon in Cape Town this morning and achieved a new men’s course record of 01:03:36, breaking last year’s 01:04:54 set by Xolisa Tyali.

Mokoka, who last won the 21km epic in 2009, was “happy with my performance although the start was bad as I was falling behind Lusapho April and Joel Mmone who were running too fast ahead.”

In the ladies course, last year’s victor and record-holder Rene Kalmer fell short from this year’s winner Meseret Mengistu from Ethiopia who showed just why East Africans are a dominant force in long-distance running with a finish of 01:12:43.

Mengistu’s finish, just like Mokoka’s, was a record from last year’s 01:15:02.

The number two spot for men was taken by April and Mmone came third but the duo were leading the pack until about 500m from the finish line when Mokoka gained momentum and came first with a mere four seconds ahead of April.

This year’s women’s third position went to Irvette van Blerk who came third in 2012 as well and once again failed to finish before Kalmer.

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