Cape Town - Athletics South Africa (ASA) has expressed its sadness at the passing of top road runner, Riana van Niekerk, a former ASA marathon champion in 2009.
The former four-time winner of the Comrades Marathon and three-time Two Oceans Marathon gold medallist, died at the age of 39 years.
ASA president, Aleck Skhosana described her passing as a sad moment.
“She was a fine and passionate athlete who enjoyed what she was doing. Her departure from this world leaves a void in road running where she’s also won City2City, Loskop and Om Die Dam among others.
“We mourn with her husband, family, club and friends. It seems we tend to understand death only after it has placed its hands on someone we love or has impacted our lives.
“I think one of the most difficult things in life is to find words to describe the passing of somebody dear to us. But we wish her husband, family, fellow athletes and friends, a speedily recovery from the emotions of this loss,” said Skhosana.