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2019-09-17 06:01
Fortunate Chidzivo of Langa AC, crosses the finish in a new course of 00:32.26 for the 10km. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

Fortunate Chidzivo of Langa AC, crosses the finish in a new course of 00:32.26 for the 10km. PHOTO: Rashied Isaacs

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Africa’s only IAAF Gold Label status marathon delivered once again as Kenya’s Edwin Koech won this year’s Sanlam Cape Town Marathon in 2:09.20. In near perfect conditions for the 13 500 runners who lined up for the 42km course, it was Koech who proved too strong for the fifth successive year, as he swept a stellar field that included Daniel Muteti, Mohamed Ziani and South Africa’s Elroy Galant, breaking away in the final kilometre. Koech defeated Muteti who was the official pacemaker by five seconds. Mohamed Ziani rounded out the podium (2:09.29).

Elroy Gelant in only his second marathon was fourth in a time of 2:10.31 to also claim the South African title. Celestine Chepchirchir smashed the course record of Helalia Johannes, clocking 2:26.44.

That is just under 3 minutes faster than the record set in 2018 (2:29.28). Nurit Shimels Yimam was second (2:27.40), and Gete Mindaye Tilahun came home in third (2:28.32). All three were inside the previous course record.

Cornelia Joubert claimed the SA Marathon title. In the ever-popular 10km Peace Run, which drew as many as 8 500 runners, Precious Mashele put in a sublime performance as he came flying home to defend his title in a time of 28:36.

Mashele surged away at the 6km mark. Mashele held off a fast finishing Mbuleli Mathanga (28:40) with Desmond Mokgobu a further 8 seconds behind.

Zimbabwe’s Fortunate Chidzivo took the race by the scruff of the neck, surging into the lead from the gun.

Chidzivo clocked a new National Zimbabwean record of 32:26, improving her best from 33:49 and breaking the previous course record set by Irvette van Zyl of 32:49 in last year’s race. Kesa Molotsane took second place (33:30) and Rutendo Nyahora was third (33:50).

South Africans are finding a love for the 10km race distance, as some 8 500 runners lined up for the 2019 10km Peace Run..

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