Mthembu and Greenwood winners of 89th Comrades Marathon

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Bongmusa Mthembu won the 89th Comrades Marathon after clinching the men’s ‘down run’ title by a comfortable margin in Durban’s Kingsmead Cricket Ground. The Nedbank runner, winner of three previous gold medals in one of the world’s most famous ultra-marathons, crossed the line in a time of 5:28.34 to walk away with a cool R350, 000 prize money….

Mthembu finished the 89.28km race over four minutes ahead of second placed Ludwick Mamabolo, the defending ‘down run’ winner from 2012 who recorded a time of 5:33.14. Mthembu, from Bulwer just outside Pietermaritzburg in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, took the lead just before Cowies Hill – approximately 17km before finishing off strongly and says he was spurred by the fact that he was not even remotely considered as a tournament favourite…

Meanwhile, the woman’s race was won by British-born Canadian, Eleanor Greenwood, ahead of the Nurgalieva twins, Elena and Olesya. Greenwood felt she started off badly and was surprised by the final outcome…

South African running sensation Zola Budd Pieterse was also glad to have completed her race and make it into the top ten after having achieved seventh position at a time of 6:55.55….

Meanwhile outspoken Mamabolo was pleased with his second place finish and he praised his team mate, Mthembu whilst also adding that people have to start believing in local athletes, this after South African runners occupied the top three slots…

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Mthembu and Greenwood winners of 89th Comrades Marathon

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