Comrades Marathon up run takes toll on athletes

2015-06-10 06:01
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KwaDukuza Athletic Club was represented by Dippy Moodley, Danny Sewmungal, Jairaj Ramnath, Jaibalan Soobramoney, Yathin Narothum, Pradeev Dhora and debutantes Vijesh Mahadeo and Phakamani Johnsen Ngema at the start of the 90th Comrad

Photo: supplied KwaDukuza Athletic Club was represented by Dippy Moodley, Danny Sewmungal, Jairaj Ramnath, Jaibalan Soobramoney, Yathin Narothum, Pradeev Dhora and debutantes Vijesh Mahadeo and Phakamani Johnsen Ngema at the start of the 90th Comrad

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THE 2015 Comrades Marathon up run from Durban to Pietermaritzburg took its toll on athletes with more half the field bailing out.

Almost 22 000 athletes assembled at the Durban City Hall at 5.30pm on Sunday to tackle the epic 89km journey to Pietermaritzburg, but at the official 12-hour cut-off mark (4.30pm), just a little more than 10 000 athletes completed the race.

KwaDukuza Athletic Club (KDAC) was represented by Dippy Moodley, Danny Sewmungal, Jairaj Ramnath, Jaibalan Soobramoney, Yathin Narothum, Pradeev Dhora and debutantes Vijesh Mahadeo and Phakamani Johnsen Ngema.

Ramnath and Ngema were the toast of KDAC after finishing the 90th Comrades Marathon.

Four of the KDAC athletes pulled out of the race at Drummond with Moodley and Sewmungal bailing out at Lion’s Park with almost 20kms to go.

South Africa’s Caroline Wostmann became the fourth athlete to win the Comrades (6:12:22) and Two Oceans Marathon in the same year. Derek Preiss (1974), Frith van der Merwe (1989) and Eleina Nurgalieva (2004 and 2012) were the other three athletes to achieve this feat.

Rae Bisschoff (1998) was the last South African woman to win the Comrades.

Earlier this year, Wostmann broke the 15-year winning drought at the Two Oceans Marathon in Cape Town with her victory. Sarah Mahlangu won the Two Oceans Marathon in 2000. Wostmann ran about 3 000km in her five-month build-up to the Comrades (about 140km to 160km a week).

South African Charne Bosman came second (6: 33: 24, almost 21 minutes behind Wostmann. The Russian Nurgalieva twins, Elena (6:40:36) and Oleysa (6:41) who had a stranglehold of the Comrades Marathon in recent years had to settle for third and fourth place respectively. In the men’s category South Africa’s Gift Kehele was the 2015 Comrades champion, cutting the tape in a time of 5:38:36. Ethiopian Mohammed Husien (5:46:14) finished second in the men’s race, while South African, Hatiwande Nyamande (5:48:19) claimed third spot.

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