Records set to be smashed at Two Oceans

2011-04-23 07:59

Several records are set to tumble in the 42nd Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town today, if the threats made by the runners at a pre-race press conference are to be believed.

With the first prize purse for the main marathon standing at R250 000, the athletes have every reason to be confident ahead of today’s race.

Renowned athletics clubs, Mr Price, Nedbank, Toyota, Formula 1, Meat Bluffs and Bonitas have all unleashed the cream of road running talent.

Leading the charge for Mr Price women’s team will be the evergreen Nurgalieva twins, Elena and Olesya.

Elena is chasing a record for being the first female to win four Two Oceans titles.

Nedbank, under the leadership of legendary Comrades Marathon runner Nic Bester, have also assembled a formidable team with nine different nationalities.

They include Kenyan Chebi Kemboi who was confident that he would claim the massive prize money.“It is my first time in the Two Oceans but I will win it,” he boasted.

Two years ago unknown John Wachira became the first Kenyan to win the 56km race.

The little-known Meat Bluffs have the defending Comrades Marathon champ Stephen Muzhingi in their camp.

2011 Two Oceans in numbers 56km (ultra-marathon)8 638 – total entries75% – male entries35% – female entries35% – novices21km14 105 – total entries50% – the male and female entries are split down the middle 54 % – novices

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