Home grown Mthembu takes the title yet again

Bongumusa Mthembu in Moses Mabhida Stadium cheering after finishing the Comrades Marathon Photo: Mndaba Lindelani

Bongumusa Mthembu booked himself in the history books after becoming the second South African after Bruce Fordyce to win the Comrades Marathon twice.

Mthembu won the 93rd edition of the marathon with a time of 5hrs and 26 minutes, followed by Joseph Mphuthi with a time of 5hrs and 35 minutes. This year’s 87km race with over 20 000 athletes started from Pietermaritzburg to Durban.

In 2014, Mthembu won the marathon for the first time and again in 2017.

“I’m very happy with my today’s performance. It was very emotional because I went through a lot this year,” said Mthembu.

The 35-year-old said he was not sure if he will reach Pinetown but his experience worked on his favour.

Mthembu said that he almost couldn’t complete the race because at some point he felt like he was not fit enough.

‘’My aim was to win, that is why I was positive until I reach the finishing line,” he said.

Mthembu gave a word of advice to a 20-year-old runner who was the youngest of them all. He said that it is not ideal to become the part of the race at such a young age.

“Comrades Marathon is such a long a distance, it is a good idea to become part of it when you are 30 years old and above,” he said.

Meanwhile, the top 5 of women’s race was dominated by four local athletes. SA’s Ann Ashworth finished with a time of 6hrs and 10 minutes followed by Gerda Steyn and Russia’s Alexandra Morozova.

Ashworth dedicated her achievement to her late father who passed away last year.

By Mndaba Lindelani


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